Meet the Dean
Associate Vice President and
Chief of Strategic Initiatives
Thomas Johnson, PhD provides leadership for the development and execution of strategic initiatives, including the identification of emerging markets and the creation, development and delivery of new programs. He was also named interim dean of the Walker School for the 2015-16 academic year.
Dr. Johnson is the program leader for the Cybersecurity Program at Webster University. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the SANS Technology Institute, and was the co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the California Sciences Institute. He was also one of the founding partners of the Forensic Data Center, a company focused on computer forensics.
Dr. Johnson has published seven books, 13 referred articles; holds copyright on four software programs and his chapter, “Infrastructure Warriors: A Threat to the U.S. Homeland,” was published by the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College. In addition to lecturing at the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, he has also lectured at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and numerous universities. In addition, he has appeared in both State and U.S. Federal courts as an expert witness and was a member of the Select Ad Hoc Presidential Investigative Committee and consultant to the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in the case of Sirhan B. Sirhan regarding evaluation of ballistics and physical evidence concerning the assassination of United States Senator, Robert F. Kennedy.
Previously, Dr. Johnson was as a member of the Electronic Crime Task Force, U.S. Secret Service- New York and San Francisco field offices, and a member of the FBI Infraguard program. He was also a member of the Information Technology Working Group, and served as Chair, Task Force Group on Combating High Technology Crime for the National Institute of Justice. Dr. Johnson was an advisor to the Judicial Council of California on the Court Technology Task Force.
He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Michigan State University and his Doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley.
“Dr. Johnson is a natural fit to lead the Walker School during this leadership transition,” said Julian Schuster, Webster’s provost, senior vice president and chief operating officer. “His work with academic programs and faculty at Webster, as well as his extensive previous experience in higher education, in the governmental sector and in science and technology will serve Webster’s largest school well.”
Dr. Johnson will serve as interim dean for the 2015-16 academic year as the university conducts an international search for the next dean of the Walker School.