Dr. Marc Johnson

President of the University of Nevada, Reno

“From its inception, the Davidson Academy has shown what the educational process can represent to profoundly gifted young people and their families. The Davidson Academy’s philosophy embodies an immersive and transformative way of learning; it encourages and elicits the very best from all who become involved. The University of Nevada, Reno is proud to have the Davidson Academy and these profoundly gifted students on our campus.”
-- Dr. Marc Johnson, Davidson Academy Board Member

Dr. Marc Johnson was appointed President of the University of Nevada, Reno on May 6, 2011, by a unanimous vote of the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents.

Dr. Johnson joined the University of Nevada, Reno on June 1, 2008, as the Executive Vice President and Provost. Raised and employed on a family fruit farm near Wichita, Kan., Dr. Johnson began his career as a laboratory and instructional assistant at the Kansas State Teachers College. Over the next four decades, his career as faculty member, researcher and administrator would progress, demonstrating increasing responsibility along the way. Before coming to Nevada, Dr. Johnson served as Dean of the College of Agriculture at both Kansas State and Colorado State University. He served as the Director of the Kansas State Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, as well as Colorado State’s Vice Provost for Agriculture and Outreach, Interim Director of Colorado Cooperative Extension, and Interim State Forester of Colorado State Forest Service. 

Dr. Johnson's research and teaching has been based in economics, with an emphasis on national and international food distribution systems. On an international level, he has contributed to discussions and advancements in many countries, including Honduras, Botswana and Sri Lanka.

As Provost, Dr. Johnson oversaw the University’s academic, research and outreach programming, including the University’s eight degree-granting colleges, Extended Studies programs, and the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.