The CSUN campus was saddened to learn that Mack Johnson, a professor of biology and the school’s associate vice president for graduate studies, research and international programs, passed away on Jun. 6.
“This is a very difficult and painful loss for the university and for me personally,” said Harry Hellenbrand, Cal State Northridge’s provost and vice president for academic affairs. “His career spans an era during which the university has undergone tremendous growth and a significant rise in its profile. He changed and moved forward with the campus without ever forgetting the core values of service and commitment this institution were founded on.”
Johnson arrived on campus in 1988 and immediately made his mark in assisting graduate students and the campus’ international contingent. Under his watch, and his eye for expanding CSUN’s name, the school signed more than 50 cooperative agreements with overseas institutions. On campus, Johnson oversaw almost 60 masters-level programs as well as a doctorate program in physical therapy that enrolled 6,000 students. Additionally, he also was responsible for the management of research projects and grants totaling more than $26 million.
A university memorial service will be held on Tuesday, June 19, from 1–3 p.m. in the University Student Union, Northridge Center. In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made to the CSUN Foundation to support the Mack I. Johnson Graduate Research Awards.