Iowa State University Alumni Association

Jeff Johnson

Jeff Johnson'14 PhD Education
Lora and Russ Talbot Endowed President and Chief Executive Officer
Life Member & Sustaining Life Donor

(515) 294-4762

Jeff was named president and CEO of the ISU Alumni Association in September 1999. He has more than 30 years of higher education experience. Jeff oversees all Alumni Association programs, is secretary to the Stanton Memorial Carillon Foundation, publisher of all Alumni Association publications, an ex-officio member and officer to the Alumni Association Board of Directors, a member of the President’s Cabinet, and the Alumni Association’s liaison to the university and its affiliate organizations. In 2015, he became the first Lora and Russ Talbot Endowed President and CEO.

About Jeff

Hometown: Born in Laurel, Miss., and raised in Collins, Miss.
Favorite ISU tradition: The singing of the Bells of Iowa State at Commencement.
Favorite food: Thai cuisine
What I like about my job: I know it sounds cliche, but I really like our people -- our students, alumni, ISU friends, campus and professional colleagues, and ISU staffers. Our people work hard, smart, and as a team. Furthermore, they sincerely love Iowa State. This key ingredient makes it easy to serve this university through this organization.
In my spare time, I like to: garden and read. I read everything. Plus, I am a political junkie. I love every aspect of politics, especially hearing the many different perspectives on any given topic.
Something unique that most people don't know about me: I sew. I love using this learned skill from high school to add beauty to our home. It is not something I do as much as I used to, but it was neat to explore and learn this skill.

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