Jim Johnson graduated from the Vanderbilt School of Engineering in 1963. He also earned a master of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois in 1965 and a doctoral degree in civil engineering from Vanderbilt in 1972. He is a registered professional engineer in Texas, Arizona and Florida.
Johnson served in the U. S. Army in Panama, Paraguay, Ecuador, Bolivia and Vietnam. For his Army service, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Presidential Unit Citation and Vietnamese Gallantry Cross Unit Citation.
Johnson started his professional engineering career with Turner Collie & Braden in Houston in 1970. His project experience included the planning and design of airports and aviation facilities, highways and bridges and community development in the United States, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. In 1989, Jim moved to Brown and Root (now Kellogg Brown & Root) where he has helped develop the firm’s civil engineering business. He is currently the director of program management for KBR’s government and infrastructure unit.
Johnson has served the School of Engineering in a number of areas including the Engineering Alumni Council, the Committee of Visitors, and the External Advisory Committee of the department of civil and environmental engineering. Johnson represents the school on the board of directors of the Alumni Association.
Johnson has also served on the board of advisors of the College of Science and Technology of Texas Southern University and the board of directors of the United States Field Hockey Association. He was junior warden at St. Francis Episcopal Church and president of the board of trustees of St. Francis Episcopal Day School.
Jim is a native of Huntsville, Ala. He is married to the former Karen Wallace of Wichita, Kan., and they have three children and two grandchildren.