For the third time in less than a year retired Missouri State University Professor Bruce Johnson Ph.D. has been recognized for contributions he made on behalf of the school.

For the third time in less than a year retired Missouri State University Professor Bruce Johnson Ph.D. has been recognized for contributions he made on behalf of the school.

Johnson was inducted into the Missouri State University Athletics Hall of Fame on Feb. 10. Johnson is professor emeritus of the Darr College of Agriculture at MSU and a 1958 graduate of Paris High School.

Last year MSU named a scholarship recognition award for Dr. Johnson and in addition added him to the university’s wall of fame.

Johnson spent 31 years (1978-2009) at the Springfield university teaching several different agricultural classes including micro and macro economics as well as agricultural policy, farm business management agricultural finance. During his tenure he served as an adviser of the local agricultural honor society, as well as 12 years as national adviser of The Honor Society of Delta Tau Alpha. He also served as president of the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture organization.

The latest honor bestowed on Johnson came as a result of his 15 years (1996-2011) service as MSU’s Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR), and serving as the chairman of the university’s Intercollegiate Athletics Committee. In both roles he was responsible for monitoring the academic progress and well-being of all student athletes at the university. He also represented the university at NCAA meetings, serving on the Championships and Competition Cabinet and chaired an NCAA athletics certification self-study. Twice he served as president of the main governance body (Joint Committee) of the Missouri Valley Conference. As a consummate Bears fan, he was privileged to witness many recognitions and accomplishments of various teams as well as those of individual student-athletes.

In accepting his hall of fame induction, Johnson said the most important thing to him during his involvement with MSU’s athletic department was seeing student athletes academically succeed.

“My greatest satisfaction was watching student-athletes march in graduation ceremonies, receive their diplomas, and move into professional careers,” Johnson said. “It seems to me this is the ultimate achievement of the student-athlete. If I was able to make even a small contribution toward that endeavor, my time was well invested.”

Johnson, 77, is a 1958 graduate of Paris High School. He has three college degrees, all in the agricultural economics field; his under graduate degree is from the University of Missouri, 1962, and in 1965 he received a Master of Science degree from Iowa State University. He took a year off from his studies and spent it farming with his parents, the late Mary and Russell Johnson, in Monroe County, and joining the U.S. Army Reserve. He eventually received his Ph.D. from MU in 1970 and that same year began his academic teaching career at Louisiana State University, where he spent seven years.