General Michelle D. Johnson

  • U.S. Air Force, ret.

General Michelle Johnson was the Superintendent of the United States Air Force Academy from 2013-2017, where she also served as both college president and military installation commander. She is currently Senior Vice President and Head of Referee Operations for the NBA. Prior to becoming the USAFA Superintendent, General Johnson served as an airlift and tanker pilot, was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the Air Force Academy, and held a variety of senior military executive jobs. She served as the Deputy Director for Information and Cyberspace Policy on the Joint Staff where she led a team developing Cyber policy and a new military Cyber Command. Serving as the Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations and Intelligence for the military headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), General Johnson supported crisis and operations planning and execution for multiple NATO missions. She also served as the Director of Public Affairs for the Air Force and as Air Force aide to both President George H.W. Bush and President Bill Clinton.General Johnson is a distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Operations Research. She attended Brasenose College at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, earning a Master of Arts in Politics and Economics. In 2014, General Johnson was named an Honorary Fellow for Brasenose College. She holds a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College in Washington, D.C.