The North Dakota Network for Women in Higher Education state coordinator leads the efforts of the ACE Network (formerly the National Identification Program), a national grassroots network of state organizations for women in higher education. State coordinators organize state planning committees that sponsor programs to identify qualified women leaders, develop their leadership in a variety of ways, advance them into administrative positions in higher education, and assist them with staying power.
Virginia Clark Johnson is currently Dean and Professor, College of Human Development and Education, North Dakota State University. A native of Tennessee, she received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and the Ph.D. degree from Pennsylvania State University. She completed the College Management Program, Heinz School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University. Her previous positions include Assistant Professor and Coordinator, College of Human Ecology, Louisiana Tech University; Associate Professor and Head, Consumer Sciences, South Dakota State University; and Visiting Professor, College of Human Sciences, Iowa State University. She has also taught in the public schools and served as a county Extension Agent in Tennessee.
Clark Johnson has authored over 60 refereed articles, abstracts, book chapters and reviews, and has served as editor or reviewer for several journals, newsletters and yearbooks. She has served as director, co-director or writer for grants totaling over two million dollars. Her most recent scholarly work has focused on leadership and distance education. She has served as chair of the following national organizations: Board on Human Sciences, Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society, Council of Administrators of Family and Consumer Sciences, Higher Education Unit of Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, Family and Consumer Sciences Education Association, and National Association for Teacher Educators of Vocational Family and Consumer Sciences. She served as a member of the Board of Examiners for the National Association for Colleges of Teacher Education, the North Dakota Education and Standards and Practices Board, and was a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission.
Clar Johnson has received several honors, including the YWCA Woman of the Year in Education; Healing the Hurt Award; Alumni Achievement Award, Family Career and Community Leaders of America; American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Leader Award; Honor Award and Advisor Award of Excellence, Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society; and American Vocational Association, Family and Consumer Education Division Outstanding Contribution Award.
In her community, Clark Johnson has served as chair of the Rape and Abuse Crises Center Board and is a memeber of the Municipal Airport Authority Board.