MG (R) Ron Johnson
Retired Major General Ronald L. Johnson was the National Basketball Association’s first Senior Vice President, Referee Operations from July 2008 until July 2012. He was responsible for all aspects of the NBA’s officiating program, including recruiting, training and development, scheduling, data management and analysis, and work rules enforcement.
Prior to joining the NBA, General Johnson served as the deputy commanding general and deputy chief of engineers, the second highest-ranking senior engineer staff officer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). He retired in April 2008 after serving 32 years of military service.
He is the recipient of the 2003 Black Engineer of the Year Award for Professional Achievement in Government Service, an inductee into the 2005 Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni at Georgia Tech, and the recipient of the 2008 Black Engineer Lifetime Achievement Award. Ron Johnson serves on the Georgia Tech President’s Advisory Board, the Tennenbaum Institute for Enterprise Transformation Advisory Board, the Executive Advisory Council of Mission: Readiness, the National Workforce Solutions Advisory Board and is a Trustee on the Georgia Tech Foundation. A devoted philanthropist, he has two scholarships endowed in his name at Georgia Tech, another one at West Point, and a room named for him in the Clough Student Center at Georgia Tech. Ron also serves on the Board of Directors of Leave No Veteran Behind and is an Advisor to the Rushman-Micah Foundation, both 501 (c)(3) nonprofits.