College of Business seeking to fulfill professorship

NSU-College of Business


Northwestern State University’s School of Business, in partnership with the NSU Foundation, is seeking to fulfill a professorship established to honor the late Dr. Tommy Johnson, a former administrator who served as head of the Business Education and Office Administration Department.

“Dr. Johnson was an outstanding business professor and highly revered by many NSU business students,” said Dr. Margaret Kilcoyne, interim dean of the College of Business and Technology.  “The learning opportunities and business knowledge he provided established a firm business foundation that helped business students gain the competitive edge needed to success in their careers. Sadly, he passed away in 2014, but we are still committed to honoring and continuing his legacy with this endowed professorship.”

Johnson was a life-long educator who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Northwestern State and a doctorate from Arizona State before returning to his alma mater.  He was nationally recognized in his field, a strong student advocate and active in community service, government and economic development.

To date, the fund has generated more than $42,000 with the goal of reaching $60,000, at which time the state will provide a match of $40,000 to create the $100,000 endowed professorship.

“We have almost met our goal, but we need the community’s help to cross the finish line,” said Kilcoyne, who has networked with alumni and friends in the hope of completing the Dr. Tommy Johnson Endowed Professorship by June 15.  “With the community’s help and the help of alumni and friends touched by Dr. Johnson, we hope to announce the completion of this project at the College of Business and Technology Homecoming Reception in October and to recognize those individuals who have joined with us.”

To contribute to the Dr. Tommy Johnson Endowed Professorship, contact NSU Development Officer Jill Bankston at (318) 357-4414 or, Kilcoyne at (318) 357-5715 or or visit, where users can click on the NSU Foundation Link where information on Giving and Professorships is available.