Michael attended the University of Arizona where he pledged Phi Gamma Delta in the spring of 1980. Brother Johnson was very active as an undergraduate member of the Upsilon Alpha Chapter. Brother Johnson served as the Chapter’s Recording Secretary (1981-1982), Cheney Cup Chairman (1982 and 1983). The chapter was runner-up both years. Mike served as chairman of the University of Arizona Greek Awards Committee and also served on numerous other committees. Outside of his chapter responsibilities, Brother Johnson was a member of Blue Key National Honorary, the Traditions Committee, and participated in a number of University of Arizona Intramural sports. As a graduate brother, Michael has been the Upsilon Alpha Chapter’s Purple Legionnaire since 1996 and serves as an ex officio member of the Upsilon Alpha BCA and House Corporation. Brother Johnson received an Honorable Mention for the Fraternity’s Durrance Award, which recognizes the fraternity’s most outstanding Purple Legionnaire. Brother Johnson also played a major role in the effort to build the new chapter house at 1801 East First Street. Finally, Brother Johnson has represented the Upsilon Alpha Chapter at five Ekklesia’s and numerous Fiji Academies.
Michael graduated in 1983 with a BA in Political Science and a dual minor in History and Economics. After graduation, Brother Johnson went to work for the Central Intelligence Agency. He served as a Senior Intelligence Analyst, Arms Control Inspector, and held several staff positions. Brother Johnson now works for Science Applications International Corporation where he works in Business and Customer Development. Michael has received professional recognition throughout his career. While at the CIA, Michael was recognized for his analytical capabilities and accomplishments; and for his contributions to his country and the intelligence community. Michael has also been recognized by his customers who have acknowledged his valuable contributions in support of their missions.
Brother Johnson and his wife Laurie have one son, Jake William Johnson who is four-years old. Michael has no formal civic affiliations, but he and his wife support Youth on Their Own, Casa De Los Ninos, and the American Cancer Society. He is also a University of Arizona football season ticket holder.
When asked what Upsilon Alpha and Phi Gamma Delta mean to him, Brother Johnson says, “I could write a book about what the chapter and the fraternity mean to me.” He also states that: “Quite simply, Upsilon Alpha and Phi Gamma Delta are largely responsible for who I am today. With the exception of my marriage and the birth of my son, being a member of this fraternity and chapter is the best thing that has ever happened to me. The life long friendships that I have made though the fraternity and chapter are priceless and I will cherish them for as long as I live. I feel very blessed and privileged to be part of what is undoubtedly the greatest fraternity in the Greek world.”