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Sept. 18, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Nittany Lion basketball alumnus Curtis Johnson has been named Penn State's new representative on the Big Ten Advisory Commission.
Johnson is the associate principal at State College Area High School. He replaces Rahsaan Carlton, the Penn State Harrisburg Athletic Director, on the committee.
The Big Ten Advisory Commission is comprised of one former African-American student-athlete from each member institution. The commission was formed in 1972 and its purpose is to examine and identify academic achievement and welfare issues that face African-American student-athletes. It is the only conference-based commission in the NCAA dedicated to addressing diversity and the needs of African-American student-athletes.
"We are very pleased to that Curtis will represent Penn State on the Big Ten Advisory Commission," said Director of Athletics Dave Joyner. "C.J.'s experiences as a former student-athlete and his role as a high school school administrator will be a very good fit with this committee and its important mission."
Johnson earned a degree in Broadcast Cable from Penn State in 1991 and his master's in Secondary School Education in 1994. He is working on his third Penn State degree, a PhD. in Educational Leadership.
"I am ecstatic to have an opportunity to represent Penn State on the Advisory Commission," Johnson said. "As a former Big Ten student-athlete and current high school administrator, I am proud to engage in the discussion of academic achievement and quality of life of our student-athletes, especially in regards to diversity and inclusion within the Big Ten Conference."
Johnson was a four-year letterman (1988-91) on the Nittany Lion basketball team, helping Coach Bruce Parkhill's squad win the 1991 Atlantic-10 Championship and advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a win over No. 16 UCLA. He also helped Penn State finish third in the 1990 NIT and earn a bid to the 1989 NIT.
Johnson has been an administrator in the State College Area School District since 2003, serving as the 11th-12th grade assistant principal until earlier this year. He is in his first year as the associate principal of the high school. Johnson came to State College from Reading, where he served as a guidance counselor at Reading High School prior to being promoted to assistant principal from 2000-03.