UT President Emeritus Dr. Daniel M. Johnson To Discuss His New Book, Leading Economic Development: A Toolkit for Public Officials and Civic Leaders
University of Toledo President emeritus Daniel M. Johnson, Ph.D, will discuss his new book Leading Economic Development: A Toolkit for Public Officials and Civic Leaders on Wednesday, September 16, at 7 p.m. in the McMaster Center at Main Library, 325 Michigan St. Mr. Johnson’s appearance is part of the Library’s Open Book series, where authors tell their story. The Open Book series is generously presented and supported by The Library Legacy Foundation. Tom Walton, retired Editor and Vice President of The Blade, will interview Dr. Johnson during the program. Walton is well known in Northwest Ohio for his regular column on the editorial pages of The Blade, and for his humorous commentary “Life as We Know It,” which airs on Monday evenings on WGTE Public Radio, FM 91. Dr. Johnson and Walton will discuss the book and issues common to public officials who want to initiate effective economic development efforts in their communities. The FREE public event will be followed by a reception and book signing where copies of Dr. Johnson’s book will be available for sale for $20. The book was recently published by the University of Toledo Press, and includes a foreword by The Honorable Lee Fisher, former Lt. Governor of Ohio and President and CEO of the group CEOs for Cities. Copies are also available for sale from the Press’s website: www.utoledo.com About the Book The book lays the groundwork for newcomers to the field, or leaders who want to become more successful, to cultivate economic growth in the communities they serve. Dr. Johnson bases his work on the most noted leaders and current scholarship in economic development and presents concepts in an approachable way that can be helpful to both the novice and the experienced professional. The book draws on his experience not only as president of the University of Toledo, where he made economic development part of the mission of university, but also based on work he has done throughout his career in Illinois, Virginia, Texas, Alaska, and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. About the Author Dr. Johnson has served in higher education leadership positions for more than 30 years, during which he fostered collaborations and partnerships between his universities, government, and industry. As president of the University of Toledo, he led the successful effort in 2006 to merge UT with the Medical University of Ohio, creating the third largest university in the state. After leaving the UT presidency he was invited to come to the United Arab Emirates to assume a leadership position in that nation’s higher education system, where he served as provost and chief operating officer of Zayed University, with campuses in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Prior to his years in leadership positions, Dr. Johnson was a professor of sociology at universities in Illinois, Virginia, Texas, and Alaska where he taught courses in demography and conducted research on public policy. He has published more than 50 research papers and reports as well as six books. For more information on the Open Book event, please contact Main Library at 419-259-5200; or Barbara Floyd, Director of the UT Press at 419-530-2170.
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