As athletics director, Johnson provides leadership and support for the Gorillas’ 13 varsity intercollegiate sports programs as well as the department’s more than 50 full-time and part-time administrative and coaching staff members.
Johnson also provides leadership in the development and implementation of a departmental strategic plan.
Johnson served as commissioner of the MIAA from July 1, 2007, until 2010.
From 2005 to 2007 he held the position of athletics director at Texas A&M University-Commerce, before taking his assignment with the MIAA. Johnson briefly served as an intercollegiate athletics consultant before becoming the associate athletics director for development in 2003 at the University of Central Missouri.
In 1997, he accepted a position with the National Collegiate Athletic Association, first as a membership services representative and later as a Division II governance liaison.
Johnson became the national chairman of NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Committee in June 2010 after serving on the national committee the previous year. He also served on the NCAA-II Membership Committee from 2005-09. Johnson served on the NACDA Executive Committee from 2006-07. Johnson holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Tarleton State University, where he served as the compliance coordinator and men’s athletic coordinator at Tarleton State from 1993-97.
Jim and his wife, Cindy, have two sons, Ely (11) and Riley (8).