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NJIT Promotes Newark Actitivist To Position of Human Resources VP

Theodore T. Johnson, Ph.D., a long-time advocate for the poor, a long-time Newark resident and an experienced administrator at New Jersey Institute of Technology, has been appointed NJIT’s new vice president of human resources. Johnson had been the acting vice president in this capacity.


“I’m pleased to make this announcement,” said Robert A. Altenkirch, Ph.D., president of NJIT.  “I think Ted will serve the university community well in his new position.”


Johnson was thrilled with the news.  He thanked the NJIT Community for supporting him over the years, including during his interim appointment.  “I look forward to many years of productive service to all of you," Johnson said.

Johnson began his career at NJIT in 1984.  He arrived with a strong understanding of human relations, especially affirmative action issues. Prior to joining NJIT, Johnson had been assistant director for affirmative action at the downtown campus of the University of Houston.  Before that position, he was coordinator of the affirmative action program at the Milwaukee campus, at the University of Wisconsin.


Johnson’s most recent position at NJIT was acting vice president, human resources. While at NJIT, Johnson, a resident of Newark, has worked in many volunteer positions to help people who live in some of New Jersey’s poorest towns and cities.  Economic development, justice and cultural awareness have numbered among his primary interests. 


Johnson currently represents the university as a member of Advocates for New Jersey’s Children.  He recently completed a five-year appointment to the Newark Public Schools Advisory Board.  He is a member of the Newark Museum Council and Black Film Festival, the Science Park Marketing Committee and the board of directors of Tri-City Peoples Corporation, which serves Irvington, Newark and East Orange.  His responsibilities include chairing the agency’s human resources committee.


Johnson received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison; his master’s degree in human resource management from NJIT, and his Ph.D in higher education administration from Fordham University.

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.