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Summer Commencement Speaker Announced

July 19, 2022
SHSU Media Contact: Emily Binetti

Preston JohnsonPreston Johnson Jr. will be the featured guest speaker for Sam Houston State University’s 2022 summer commencement ceremonies taking place on Aug. 6 in the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum in Huntsville, Texas.

Johnson earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from SHSU and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston. An active member of the campus community, he was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, Alpha Kappa-Psi (professional business fraternity), SHSU’s accounting club and a representative on the SHSU Student Senate.

Upon completion of his degree, he joined The Dow Chemical Company where he served for over 23 years, becoming global director of human resources. He later joined CenterPoint Energy where he led the Human Resources and Shared Services Organizations as a senior vice president. Johnson worked with several Fortune 250 companies before being named president of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Southeast Region

Currently, he serves as an executive business consultant specializing in change leadership, talent management, employee development, succession management, executive coaching and organization performance enhancement.

Johnson’s career has led to several accolades including being named an SHSU Distinguished Alumni. He is also the recipient of the university’s College of Business Administration Hall of Honor award.

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