Career & Education

Mico Gold Medal awardee: Mervis Johnson

Sunday, December 10, 2017

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This is the last in a series featuring each of the five Mico University College Alumni Association's Gold Medal awardees for 2017.

Miconian Mervis Johnson has pursued an exemplary career over a span of about 40 years.

Graduating from the then Mico Teachers' College in 1965, she adapted the college song's first lines into her life. “Let us remember the names of our founders, honour and laud them, acclaim and revere. Take them for models of action and conduct. Guide and inspire throughout our careers”.

Indeed, Johnson put the Miconian values and morals instilled in her to good use and excelled as a career woman.

After Mico, Johnson pursued further education at Brooklyn College and Long Island University, both in New York. There, she obtained a Master of Science in Education and a Master of Business Administration.

Mico University College describes Johnson as a consummate scholar and an exemplary and

Sdedicated educator.

“You have developed an impressive portfolio that stretches from the walls of the Mico to the halls of Long Island University and beyond.

“You have used your knowledge and skills to impressively empower all those with whom you have interacted, from the inner city of St Andrew, Jamaica to the boardroom of the acclaimed JP Morgan Chase, America's largest bank, where you ultimately attained the rank of vice president,” the institution said of Johnson.

It also described her as a compassionate humanitarian and outlined a number of charities that she either founded or supported, including the Needy Students Fund at the Mico, school book drives, church outreach programmes benefiting the sick, shut-ins, and displaced men in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Johnson also held various positions at Christ Episcopal Church and the New York chapter of MOSA.

“As an expression of high esteem, and in recognition of your noted professional achievement and your penchant for preserving the legacy of your alma mater, made evident through your world-class leadership, moral conduct, indomitable spirit of volunteerism and selflessness, and long-lasting impact on education, [we] take pride in conferring upon you the Mico Gold Medal Award,” said the award citation.

Johnson was among five alumni who were conferred with the award, Mico's highest, in September this year. The others were Jeremy Palmer, Dr Yvonne Shorter Brown, Dr Arthur Geddes, and Dr Clinton Hutton.

Mico selects five peer-nominated graduates from Jamaica and the Diaspora to receive the award every two years. Selection is based on the person's professional development, service to community and service to the institution.

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