Lea A. Johnson


Lea A. Johnson
Vice President for Health Science Initiatives

Lea Johnson is vice president for health science initiatives and joined Manchester University in 2018. 

The former president of two healthcare colleges, Lea Johnson brings over 20 years of higher education experience to Manchester and she is known for her transformative leadership within academic healthcare.

Johnson’s specialty areas include strategic planning, healthcare program development and partnership building. Throughout the course of her career she has held direct responsibility for the development and/or launch of 12 healthcare programs ranging from certificate and undergraduate degrees to clinical doctorates. Lea spent a decade at Northeastern University in Boston, and during that time she wrote the grant proposal that brought in close to $4 million for the university throughout a unique partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. She established a nursing partnership between 12 major hospitals that became known as the Boston Model, and was later named the founding director of the Bouve Institute for Healthcare Leadership and Professional Development. 

Johnson holds a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania and the MS in nursing from the MGH Institute of Health Professions.  She also holds a MS in public relations from Boston University and MS in psychology from Western Illinois University. Her undergraduate degree in psychology is from Lewis University in Illinois.

Lea is married to Walter Johnson, professor of physics at Suffolk University, and they have two grown children, Adam and Erin.