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Johnson Receives TWU Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award


DENTON – Retired NASA administrator Dr. Anngienetta R. Johnson is the second recipient of the Texas Woman’s University Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award. She is being honored for her significant contributions to NASA, her advocacy for women in science and her volunteer work.

“TWU has a pronounced reputation of producing bold, well-prepared women leaders and receiving this award symbolizes my membership in this elite league,” Dr. Johnson said.

Dr. Johnson received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from TWU in 1971.

During her 40-year career with NASA, Dr. Johnson’s duties included co-directing payload operations on four of the first six Shuttle flights, developing NASA’s engineering programs and improving the agency’s systems operations. She held several titles at NASA, including Special Assistant to the Associate Administrator for Safety and Security, Assistant Associate Administrator for Education and Assistant Chief Engineer. She retired as NASA’s Senior Advisor for Safety and Mission Assurance in 2009.

Dr. Johnson is a nationally known advocate for women in the sciences and is a co-author of a chapter in the book “Success Strategies for Women in Science.”

She also is a dedicated volunteer for the Red Cross, managing operations for disaster relief, working with disaster victims and recruiting and training volunteers. In recognition of her work, President George W. Bush and his President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation awarded her with a national Volunteer Service Award in 2004.

In 2011, TWU Chancellor Ann Stuart donated $120,000 to fund a 20-year program to bring the two recipients of the Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award to campus each year to share their experience and expertise with the TWU community.

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