Vice President for Student Affairs

Meet the Vice President

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Dr. Levester Johnson, better known as L.J. on Butler's campus, became the vice president for student affairs in December 1997.  A native of Milwaukee, Wis., Dr. Johnson attended Marquette University where he earned his bachelor of arts degree in broadcast communications in May 1984.

Following his graduation from Marquette, L.J. attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill., and received his master of science degree in college student personnel in May 1986. A former collegiate athlete, he incorporated his undergraduate experiences into his master's thesis, Group Housing of Student-Athletes. L.J. remained at SIU until 1992 serving as a hall director, coordinator of residence life and assistant coach for the women's track and field team from 1990-1992.

L.J. first joined Butler University in 1992 as the assistant dean of students for residence education. He later served as associate dean for student affairs before being named vice president in 1997. As the vice president for student affairs, L.J. provides leadership and management for all aspects of student life, student services, diversity and leadership programming.

Continuing his educational journey, L.J. received his doctor of education degree from Indiana University in 2004. He examined the college experiences of biracial students of African American and European American decent in his doctoral dissertation, "Other": Biracial Students in the College Environment. The piece specifically addresses the important question of how biracial college students see themselves as racial beings. Click here to read the abstract.

L.J. has demonstrated his leadership at the University in many ways, most notably by serving as chair of the NCAA Certification Steering Committee, playing a leading role in the Commission on Undergraduate Residential Living--culminating with a $50 million building project including the Apartment Village and the Health and Recreation Complex which opened in fall 2006--and establishing the Campus Climate Advisory Committee in 2008.  He was named a "Top Dawg" on Butler's campus for 2005.  

He has held numerous leadership positions within the professional organizations including the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) where he previously served as Chair of the Board of Directors.

L.J. is married and has three children. A dedicated family man, he balances his professional and personal life with involvement in his church, coaching youth sports and serving as a member of the United Way of Central Indiana Campaign Committee.  His past civic activities include serving on the Board of Directors of the 21st Century Charter School and the Fountain Square Charter School, as well as the College Mentors for Kids!, Inc. Board of Directors. He has also been recognized as a Fox 59 "Unsung Hero" and received the Indiana Council of Black Executives Award for Service.

To say that L.J. is a familiar face on Butler's campus is an understatement. From accepting student challenges to a game of volleyball to treating those in line to a round of Starbucks on a cold winter day, Dr. Johnson's commitment to Butler University students is best expressed in his own words: "It's such a joy to see the development that takes place, to play a part in helping a person. I feel a sense of personal self-worth."