From Left, Gen. (Ret.) Steve Lorenz '73, President & CEO of the USAFA Endowment; Lynn Campion, Chairman of the Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation Board of Trustees; Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson '81, Superintendent; Dr. Ervin Rokke ’62, Senior Scholar in Residence at the Center for Character and Leadership Development.
HISTORIC GIFT TO THE UNITED STATES
AIR FORCE ACADEMY
Colorado Springs, Colorado The USAFA Endowment is pleased to announce the largest private gift in Air Force Academy history: a $6 million legacy grant from the Colorado based Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation. This gift marks the second contribution to Center for Character and Leadership Development and will establish the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Chair for the Study of the Profession of Arms. Its purpose is to create a cadre of military scholars who will inspire a sophisticated review and dialogue about the military profession.
“We are grateful for the generosity of our alumni, supporters, and foundations that play such a pivotal role in supporting our margin of excellence programs. Much of our mission to provide a world-class education and to inspire future leaders is made possible by the “margin of excellence” initiatives that enhance the Academy experience for our cadets” said USAFA Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson ’81.
General (Ret.) Stephen Lorenz ’73, President & CEO of the USAFA Endowment also voiced appreciation."I am excited that the Johnson Foundation Board of Trustees has aligned themselves with the vision and purpose of the Center for Character and Leadership Development. The Academy has a long heritage of providing the world with innovative thinkers, and we will now be able to provide a genuine hub for the profession of arms to create the next generation of global leaders.”
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Ervin Rokke, Senior Scholar in the Center for Character and Leadership Development said: “We are deeply appreciative of the Johnson Foundation’s continued support of the Air Force Academy. This gift denotes a serious effort to understand and appreciate the evolving nature of the profession of arms and the development of leaders.”
The Johnson family and the Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation have a long-standing relationship with the Air Force Academy. Its founder, Art Johnson, played an active role in bringing the Air Force Academy to Colorado. He was also a long-time board member of the Air Force Academy Foundation. His grand daughter and chairman of the Board, Lynn Campion, said in an interview: “We are thrilled to make such a significant contribution toward the development of the next generation of Air Force leaders. What a wonderful way to honor my grandfather’s legacy, from his military service to the impact he made on one of our nation’s finest institutions.”
About the USAFA Endowment
The USAFA Endowment is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization solely dedicated to providing private, transformative philanthropic support to the United States Air Force Academy by working closely with graduates, families and friends of the Academy for initiatives that are not otherwise supported through government funding. Since its inception the USAFA Endowment has raised over $100 million in support of the Air Force Academy. More information can be found at www.usafa.org/endowment.
About the Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation
In 1948, Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson started a philanthropic tradition of thoughtful giving that has thrived for nearly seven decades and four generations of Johnson family members. Through financial support and strategic guidance, the private foundation has helped hundreds of outstanding organizations to make a lasting impact in communities throughout Colorado and beyond. More information can be found at www.johnsonfoundation.org.