Midwestern State University alumnus Dr. James Johnston
has been named MSUís Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Johnston
was selected after a national search that was narrowed to four finalists, who
visited the MSU campus earlier this month.
Johnston has served as Interim Provost/VPAA since February
1, 2017, after former provost Dr. Betty Stewart was named Provost at the
University of North Texas at Dallas. Previously, Johnston was Interim Dean of
the Robert D. and Carol Gunn College of Health Sciences and Human Services during
2012, before being officially named dean in August 2013. He has taught in MSUís
Department of Radiologic Sciences since 2003.
Education has been Johnstonís dream job since he was a
child. By high school, he had narrowed his focus to sciences, then he found
radiology Ė a field where he could combine hard science with the compassion of
health care. He graduated from South Plains College with highest honors with an
Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Sciences in 1986. He earned a Bachelor
of Science in Radiologic Sciences in 1993 and Master of Science in Radiologic
Sciences in 2003, both from MSU, and his Ph.D. in Health Studies from Texas
Womanís University in 2006.
He was named a fellow in the American Society of
Radiologic Technologists in 2012, and also that year received the MSU Faculty
Award for teaching excellence. Johnston has also co-authored textbooks used in
radiologic sciences and contributed articles to medical journals and scholarly
Johnston grew up in Slaton, Texas, near Lubbock. He
and his wife, Stephanie, show Arabian horses.