Ronald L. Johnson, M.S.

Ronald L. Johnson is a retired 2-star Army General who currently serves as Managing Director of the Tannenbaum Institute (TI) and Professor of Practice in Industrial Systems and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech).  In his role as TI Managing Director and member of the Georgia Tech’s Institute for People and Technology (IPaT) leadership team, he provides overall administrative oversight for TI as well as engages and expands relationships with industry and government partners to provide knowledge and skills for enterprise transformation, engage in research and economic development, and coordinate with other Georgia Tech Interdisciplinary Research Institutes and their staff.

Most recently, Johnson served as the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) first Senior Vice President of Referee Operations.  In this role, he was responsible for all aspects of the NBA’s officiating program, including recruiting, training and development, scheduling, data management and analysis, and work rules enforcement.  

Prior to his work with the NBA, Mr. Johnson held an illustrious 32 year career in the U.S. Army where he held the title of Deputy Commanding General and Deputy Chief of Engineers, the second highest-ranking senior engineer staff officer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).  Previously, Mr. Johnson also served as the commander of USACE’s Gulf Region Division (GRD) and U.S. Deputy Director of the Program Management Office (PMO) in Iraq where he oversaw an $18.4 billion reconstruction program in Iraq.  In June 2003, Johnson was named Director of Military Programs and G3 for the USACE in which he was directly responsible for oversight of the Army’s Military Construction, Real Estate Services and Environmental Programs. 

Mr. Johnson serves on the Executive Advisory Council of Mission: Readiness, the National Workforce Solutions Advisory Board, and is a Trustee on the Georgia Tech Foundation.   He received his bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and his master’s in operations research from Georgia Tech.