Rebecca L. Johnson

Associate of the University

Rebecca Johnson

Phone: 585-334-8853

Dr. Rebecca L. Johnson provides direct support to the President of RIT through her role as Associate of the University. She is a volunteer who is active on campus in both formal and informal roles. She is a member of the Advisory Board for the Multicultural Center for Academic Success (MCAS) and has played an important role in the development of RIT’s Rochester City Scholars Program. As a strong proponent of the RIT’s movement toward greater sustainability in both its operations and its educational offerings, she sits on RIT’s Committee for Sustainable Practices and is the founder of the greenRITnetwork (gRIT). She serves on the committee for the Gray Matter series, which aims to promote civil discussion of divergent views on important topics. She is an informal advisor to several students and student groups.


In greater Rochester, Dr. Johnson is a past president of the Board of Directors of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence and continues to serve on the board in leadership roles. She also promotes the use of restorative justice practices through her volunteer work with Partners in Restorative Initiatives (PiRI) and Restorative Rochester. She is a certified mediator with the Center for Dispute Settlement of Rochester and central New York.

Dr. Johnson received a B.A. in Psychology from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Catholic University of America. Dr. Johnson is married to President Bill Destler.