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Thursday, October 20, 2005

John Johnson hired as HR trainer

John Johnson’s new bookshelf at UNC Pembroke holds reference materials on “respect,” “diversity” and “teamwork.”

John JohnsonThose resources will be useful in Johnson’s new job with the Office of Human Resources as staff development and training specialist and trainer. He started work on October 4.

A 21-year Army veteran, Johnson will provide a wide range of training programs to UNCP’s staff and faculty to improve supervisory and employee skills. He will instruct classes in a wide range of subjects from leadership to performance management.

HR Director Pamela Barkett said Johnson has a strong background in human resources from his experience in the military and the private sector.

Johnson, who retired while stationed at Ft. Bragg, spent 21 years with the Army, all in personnel.

“The Army is a good place to learn leadership skills that transfer into the private sector,” Johnson said. “I was blessed that two weeks after separating from the service, I was working in HR for a large company.”

The Washington, D.C., native also has experience in teaching. He taught career management at Cape Fear High School for three years and was named to “Who’s Who Among American Teachers.”

“I like to teach and facilitate learning,” he said. “HR is what I came through, and working at UNCP is an opportunity to remain in that field and to continue teaching.”

UNCP has been a pleasant surprise for Johnson.

“I have been on many campuses, and this is the most beautiful,” he said. “I have already started making contacts on campus, and everyone is very friendly.”

Johnson received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Campbell University and is currently taking graduate courses in psychology and counseling. He resides in Fayetteville, N.C., with his wife Sherry. They have two children Tiffanie, 28 and Taylour, 10.

Johnson may be contacted at 910.521.6764 or by email at

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