Alumni & Parent Programs

Jim Johnston '66 & '68

J JohnstonJim Johnston has accomplished a great deal in his professional life, but he has never been too busy to give back - to Butler, to his fraternity, to other organizations, to his community.

He credits his undergraduate experiences with helping shape his future. Working to support himself and being president of his fraternity (Tau Kappa Epsilon) helped give him "a lot of confidence and tools that have paid off tremendously as I moved into the business world." He and his wife, Elisabeth Weir Johnston, are longtime donors to the College of Business Administration, from which they both earned their undergraduate degrees.

Having been involved in the Butler Business Scholars program for several years, Johnston believes that this successful program encourages young alumni involvement and sponsorship. In fact, it enticed him to become involved, and the rewards keep him involved. Johnston enthusiastically supports CBA's Dean Richard Fetter and his accomplishments with the college, given the changing global landscape.

Johnston's past and present volunteer work includes giving leadership, support and initiative to many not-for-profit organizations. He serves on the CBA's Board of Visitors and also holds several directorship positions in the corporate sector. He and Elizabeth were instrumental in establishing the Butler alumni chapter in Fort Wayne, Ind., where they live. In 1971, just three years after finishing his M.B.A., Johnston was named one of the "Outstanding Top Ten Butler Alumni."

Butler Medal

Jim Johnston received the Butler Medal, the highest honor conferred by the Butler Alumni Association, for his lifetime of distinguished service to Butler and the surrounding community. Johnston, a 1966 graduate, is very involved in the Butler Business Scholars program and was instrumental in establishing the Butler alumni chapter in Fort Wayne , Indiana . He serves on a number of councils and associations in leadership positions including the English Bonter Mitchell Foundation, Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana, and Fort Wayne Community Foundation among others.