Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Appoints Member to the Western Kentucky University Board of Regents

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, August 01, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Bowling Green businessman Jim Johnson to serve on WKU board

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher has appointed James Neel Johnson, of Bowling Green, to the Western Kentucky University (WKU) Board of Regents.

Johnson is the owner of Jim Johnson Pontiac-Nissan-Hyundai in Bowling Green.  He is a member of the board of trustees for the Bowling Green Salvation Army and the Commonwealth Health Corporation Foundation and Free Clinic.  He is a member of the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce and was named Small Business Person of the Year by the organization in 2002. 

Johnson has served as president of the Kentucky Automobile Dealers Association, campaign chair for the local United Way, and honorary chair for the local March of Dimes.  In 2006, he received the Jefferson Award for Public Service, the Lion’s Club Good Citizen Award and the WKU Volunteer Award.  He attended Wayne State University in Detroit and is married to Darlene Johnson.

The WKU Board of Regents is made up of eight members appointed by the Governor and three other members, including a teaching faculty representative, a nonteaching employee representative and the student body president.