Jim Johnson (athletic director)

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Jim Johnson
Johnson speaking at a Pittsburg State Athletics banquet in 2016
Current position
TitleAthletic director
TeamPittsburg State
Annual salary$163,399[1]
Biographical details
Alma materTarleton State University
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1993–1997Tarleton State (asst. AD)
1997–2003NCAA (gov't liaison)
2003–2005Central Missouri (assoc. AD)
2005–2007Texas A&M–Commerce
2007–2010MIAA (commissioner)
2010–presentPittsburg State

James R. Johnson is an American university sports administrator and a former NCAA Division II conference commissioner. Johnson is currently the athletic director for Pittsburg State University, an NCAA Division II sports program in Pittsburg, Kansas.[2] Previously, Johnson was the Commissioner of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA).


Johnson graduated from Tarleton State University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science in business administration and in 1990 with a Master of Arts in education.[3] After graduating from Tarleton State, Johnson became Tarleton State's men's athletic coordinator, a position he held for seven years.[4] In 1997, Johnson left Tarleton State to become a government liaison the National Collegiate Athletic Association, specifically the Division II level.[5] In 2003, he left the NCAA for the University of Missouri where he served as an associate athletics director, and in 2005, Johnson became the athletics director at Texas A&M University–Commerce.[6]

Later career[edit]

After serving two years at Texas A&M–Commerce, Johnson was selected as the third commissioner for the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) in 2010.[7] While serving as commissioner, Johnson helped expand the conference from 10 members to 14 members, with the additions entering the conference July 1, 2012.[8] On July 30, Johnson was selected as the 10th Athletics Director for MIAA school, Pittsburg State University.[9]

While at Pittsburg State, Johnson has served on the NCAA Division II Football Committee, as well as the NCAA Division II Championships Committee.[3]


  1. ^ "Kansas Government Employee Payroll List". Retrieved December 15, 2022.
  2. ^ "Pittsburg State University Athletics – Staff Directory". Retrieved September 28, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Pittsburg State Gorillas - Staff Directory". Pittstategorillas.com. Retrieved September 29, 2016.
  4. ^ "Texas A&M University-Commerce Lions Football Game Notes" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 2, 2016. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
  5. ^ "Community welcomes new athletics director - Pittsburg State University". Pittstate.edu. July 29, 2010. Retrieved September 29, 2016.
  6. ^ "A&M-Commerce selects Jim Johnson as athletic director - printed from North Texas e-News". Ntxe-news.com. June 10, 2005. Retrieved September 29, 2016.
  7. ^ "AD Johnson resigns, named commisioner [sic] of MIAA". The East Texan. January 26, 2007. Retrieved September 29, 2016.
  8. ^ "Lindenwood Accepts Invitation to Join MIAA". Retrieved September 28, 2016.
  9. ^ "Commissioner of MIAA lands PSU's AD job | Sports". joplinglobe.com. July 29, 2010. Retrieved September 29, 2016.

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