W. Lloyd Johns

Teacher, Person

1930 –


Who is W. Lloyd Johns?

W. Lloyd Johns was the fifth president of Gallaudet University from October 1, 1983 until January 18, 1984.

After the announcement of his appointment in March 1983, Johns told Gallaudet students that: "The future strength of this college lies in continuing and expanding its research and teaching work not only nationally but internationally through the use of new communications technology," and he had plans to expand course offerings in computing technology. Johns also had plans to focus on using the science of economics as head administrator of Gallaudet, as it pertained to the issues of financial efficiency and cost-effectiveness. Johns told a reporter in 1984: "A college and university is not just an academic institution nor is it just a business. It's both... In this day and age, any college or university president who does not run that enterprise as a business is not going to last long. ...By the same token, I don't think you can be so cost-effective that the only criterion is the dollar." Johns also had a philosophy of upholding high academic standards: "We should make [higher education] as accessible as possible to all who can benefit by it, but we have to maintain standards to make it respectable. Accessible higher education does not mean watering down the standards so that anyone who wants a degree can walk away with one..." Johns was a progressive educator who followed principles of shared governance and democratic accountability, having sought the participation of the National Association of the Deaf and Gallaudet's alumni.

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on July 23, 2013


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