Michelle Johnston, Ph.D.
On July 23, 2018, Dr. Michelle Johnston became the sixth president of the College of Coastal Georgia. Dr. Johnston previously served as the president of the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College. Her career in higher education has included 10 years of service as a faculty member and more than 20 years in administration, with positions at University of Montevallo, University of Louisiana-Monroe, Mississippi State University, and Wood College.
Dr. Johnston holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama, a master’s degree from Louisiana State University, a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Mississippi State University, and a Post Doc in Marketing and Management from the University of Florida.
She was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Defense to the Marine Corps University Board, where she serves as the Chair. She also serves on the Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Georgia Board. She has been a leader at state and national levels with regard to campus sexual assault response and prevention. She is active as a presenter and spokesperson in local, state, regional, national, and international settings.