Jim Johnston '66 & '68
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
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."
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.