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Peter Johnson and Paula Green Johnson

Peter Johnson at Sinclair HQ“The Peter M. and Paula Green Johnson Student Success Center will help the University of Wyoming College of Business students both succeed in college and be prepared for and achieve professional business employment upon graduation,” say donors Peter Johnson and Paula Green Johnson.

Their gift of $1.5 million will establish this new UW College of Business program that supports students throughout their college experience and helps launch their successful careers. The center will be an essential element of the College of Business student experience, with students interacting with the center from the time they consider attending UW throughout their academic experience to interviewing for jobs and graduation.

In 2007, the couple donated $1 million, doubled by state matching funds, to support the College of Business’s career center, which is now part of the Green Johnson Student Success Center.

Fundamental student services that will be offered by the center include enrollment management, academic advising, and professional development and engagement. For enrollment management, services include Wyoming high school recruitment, community college relations, articulation and transfers, recruitment beyond Wyoming’s borders, and the awarding of scholarships. For academic advising, services include advising, degree progression and completion tracking, study abroad, and the management of resources balancing student demand, space availability, and faculty. For professional development and engagement, the career center offers career, mentorship, and professional development, corporate engagement and employer relations, internships, coordination and support of faculty careers, experiential learning opportunities, and more. The career center serves approximately 800 students a year.

The Green Johnson Student Success Center is also supported by gifts from Lois Mottonen, Scott and Anne Macdonald, Pat and Nancy Higgins, Charles Morrison, Ron and Patti Salvagio, and Sam and Margaret Kelly, most of whom are UW College of Business alumni. The McMurry Foundation College of Business Dean’s Excellence Fund, which was established by Mick and Susie McMurry through the McMurry Foundation, will also be used to support the center.

The Green Johnson Student Success Center will be located within the old Commerce and Industry Building on the west end of the Business Building. It is slated to open in the 2020–21 academic year. It will be restructured and renovated, including a dedicated entrance and an open floor plan, a reception and common area, flexible office space, interview and conference rooms, and technology-rich sales simulation spaces.

Donors Peter Johnson and Paula Green Johnson are both alums—Peter of the College of Business and Paula of the College of Health Sciences. They are the recipients of the UW Medallion Service Award in 2014 for their outstanding support of the University of Wyoming.

Peter is president of Sinclair Oil and served as the UW College of Business’s first executive-in-residence in 2004. He also serves on the College of Business Advisory Board and is a College of Business Distinguished Alumnus. While at UW as a student, he was active in Iron Skull, Alpha Kappa Psi, and the Associated Students of the University of Wyoming.

Paula serves on many boards and volunteers her time for many worthy causes. She served on the UW Foundation Board of Directors and was awarded an Honorary Degree from UW. She also served with the American Red Cross in Ghana, among other things, earning a Red Cross Lifetime Achievement Hero Award.

“We live our lives in line with Winston Churchill’s statement on philanthropy: ‘We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give,’” say Johnson and Green Johnson.

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