Mary B. Johnson, DNP ’09, ’12, ‘15
Director of Health Services at Meredith College, Raleigh, North Carolina
Committee Member for North Carolina Immunization Coalition and National Consortium for Building Healthy Academic Communities
Duke volunteer leadership:
Board Member for the Beta Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau
Husband Brice W. Johnson BSE ’02, MEM ’03; father-in-law G. Allan Johnson Ph.D. ’74, Charles E. Putman Professor of Radiology at Duke; mother-in-law Jean Rossiter Johnson Ph.D. ’74
Who modeled philanthropy for you?
My mother never stopped pushing me to do more. She wanted me to reach my full potential so I had the best chance to positively impact the lives of others. She told me often, “You can do anything and I expect you to do everything.” She was an engaged single mother, a leader in her profession, a caretaker to my grandmother, and yet always prioritized our weekly volunteer times at St. Jude’s, the women’s shelter, and tithing. Despite having only a short time with her, she has had the greatest impact on how I view opportunities to create change in my community.
Why do you support Duke, and how do you decide what areas to support?
I served as a graduate student basketball usher for seven seasons, including three seasons as the head usher. Over those years I built strong relationships within Duke University Athletics. The relationships I built years ago laid the foundation for and continue to fuel my desire to help enrich the lives of our student-athletes as they strive to be champions in the classroom and at the highest level of their sport.
What are your greatest hopes for Duke?
I hope we continue to inspire the next generation of critical thinkers, life-time learners, and visionary leaders to use their strengths to contribute to society.