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Former UToledo president Dr. Daniel Johnson passes away

Johnson became president of the university in 2001 and was instrumental in leading the university's merger with the Medical University of Ohio.
Credit: Thre University of Toledo

TOLEDO, Ohio — Emeritus President of The University of Toledo Dr. Daniel Johnson, who helped lead the 2006 merger with the Medical University of Ohio, died on Wednesday. 

Johnson became president of the university in 2001. 

He was known for the UToledo and MUO merger that set the school apart as one of just 27 comprehensive public universities in the country.

Following his term as president, Johnson was named president emeritus and distinguished professor of public policy and economic development.

In 2008, he was invited to serve as provost and chief operating officer of Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates. He returned to UToledo in 2011 as director of global initiatives and worked to establish partnerships in Lebanon, South Africa, China, India and other nations until 2013.

Prior to coming to Toledo, Johnson was provost of the University of Alaska Anchorage. His career also included administrative positions at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas; Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond; Sangamon State University in Springfield, Ill.; and Blackburn College in Carlinville, Ill., as well as additional faculty positions at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kan., and Christian College in Columbia, Mo.

He is the author of numerous books, chapters, study reports, and papers, including “Leading Economic Development: A Toolbox for Public Officials and Civic Leaders” published by the University of Toledo Press in 2015.

Johnson is survived by his wife, Elaine Johnson, and two sons, Darin and Brent Johnson. Funeral arrangements are to be handled by Walker Funeral Home.

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