Person Details

Dr. Kristina M. Johnson

Dr. Kristina M. Johnson

Business Experience

Dr. Kristina M. Johnson has held leadership positions in academia, industry and government, including service as President of The Ohio State University from September 2020 to May 2023; chancellor of the State University of New York from September 2017 to August 2020; co-founder and CEO of hydropower companies, Enduring Hydro, LLC and Cube Hydro Partners, LLC from 2011 to 2017; Undersecretary of Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy from May 2009 to October 2010; senior vice president and provost at The Johns Hopkins University from 2007 to 2009; and dean of engineering at Duke University from 1999 to 2007. Dr. Johnson’s pioneering work in liquid-crystal on silicon micro-displays, polarization optics and imaging at the University of Colorado Boulder was spun off into several companies, including ColorLink, Inc., which helped create modern 3D movies such as Avatar and hundreds of others. Dr. Johnson was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Inventors, and has received the John Fritz Medal, widely regarded as the highest award given by the engineering societies. Dr. Johnson holds five honorary degrees, and earned her B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering at Stanford University.


Dr. Johnson brings to the Board an engineering background, as well as expertise in science, technology, business, education and government. In addition, she has leadership and management experience, both in an academic context as chancellor, provost and dean of nationally recognized academic institutions and in a corporate context as a board member of public companies.

Independent Director

Age: 66

Director since: 2012