Holden Appoints Southeast Faculty Member to Missouri Training and Employment Council

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Oct. 1, 2003 – Missouri Gov. Bob Holden has appointed Dr. Mary Virginia Moore Johnson, associate professor of business law at Southeast Missouri State University, to the Missouri Training and Employment Council (MTEC).

The purpose of MTEC is to provide recommendations on creating a state workforce development plan and to aid in establishing policies that allow convenient access to job and career opportunities for all job seekers and employers.  According to Johnson, representatives from both the public and private sectors aid state leaders and lawmakers in deciding how best to use limited resources to achieve the greatest level of employment for the state.

Born in Springfield, Mo., and now residing in Cape Girardeau County with her husband, Gary, Dr. Johnson says she looks forward to this opportunity to give back to her home state.

“I am excited about this appointment because it places me in a position to emphasize the concern we all share for increasing employment opportunities in Missouri.  I feel a special commitment to help the citizens of Missouri.  The Council is composed of representatives from business and industry, state agencies, labor and community-based organizations and the general public.  Together we will make recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly for a statewide training and employment policy that will move us toward full employment for all Missouri citizens.  I want to encourage companies to come to Missouri, to start up in Missouri and to stay in Missouri,” she said.

Johnson has taught business law at Southeast since 1996.  She was promoted to associate professor in August 2000 and was granted tenure last year.  Students honored her by selecting her as the Greek Week 2002 Professor of the Year.  In 2001, she was appointed by the provost to serve a two-year term as coordinator of the Women’s Studies Program at the University.  She also serves as faculty advisor for Women in Public Life, an organization dedicated to providing women with the skills and training necessary to be active and successful in public life.  The organization was founded as the Southeast regional chapter affiliated with The Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life in St. Louis, a non-partisan organization which seeks to connect women from all parts of the state with opportunities for public service and to encourage Missouri women to take a more active role in the formation of public policy.

Johnson earned her law degree from Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kan., and is licensed to practice law in the state of Missouri.  She received her master of business administration degree from Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo., and her bachelor’s degree in theatre from California State University, San Diego.

After receiving her certificate of mediation in 1998, Johnson became a mediator for the State of Missouri 32nd Judicial Circuit.  Johnson has provided hours of pro bono mediation for the state funded program Mediation Achieving Results for Children (MARCH) and presently remains on its list of mediators.

Johnson is a member of the Missouri Bar Association, the Cape Girardeau Bar Association and the Association of Missouri Mediators.  She serves on the Gender & Justice Committee and the Government Attorney’s Committee of the Missouri Bar Association.

Also involved with a variety of publications, Johnson authored a book entitled, Limited Liability Companies.  She has served as senior editor of Family Law Quarterly, published by the American Bar Association; technical editor of the Washburn Law Journal and editorial staff member of The Communicator, published by the Association of Missouri Mediators.

Johnson is no stranger to boards.  While living in New York City, she served on the national board of directors of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), representing 53,000 professional performers nationwide.  She also served on the local boards of directors of AFTRA in New York and Dallas.  She chaired the Open Door Committee, which secured job interviews annually with casting directors and agents for thousands of performers and she chaired the Resolutions Committee, which is responsible for constitution and bylaws evaluation and drafting amendment proposals and resolutions.  Johnson believes she brings with her a wealth of experience which will prove to be an asset to the Missouri Training and Employment Council.

For more information on this appointment, contact Johnson at (573) 651-6121.