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Robin Johnston

Nexford University
VP of Academic Innovation
Dr Robin (Berenson) Johnston serves as Nexford’s Vice President of Academic Innovation. Throughout her career, Dr Johnston has held executive leadership positions in higher education, human resources, and healthcare. Prior to joining Nexford full time, Dr Johnston worked as a consultant for the university.

Like Nexford, Robin was born to be different and make a difference in the lives of others. Throughout her academic career, Robin has been known as an innovator, disruptor, mentor, and transformer of higher education. She is passionate about lifelong learning, mentoring, and bridging the connection between education and the workforce.

Her past experience includes the director of academic innovation for McGraw Hill Higher Education and associate dean for business at Excelsior College. She has served as dean, associate dean, program chair, professor, instructional designer, adjunct instructor for various online and traditional institutions, C-BEN member, and mentor and peer reviewer for the Online Learning Consortium. Dr Johnston lives in Venice, Florida and holds an EdD in Organizational Leadership, an MS in Human Resource Development and Management, a BA in Psychology, and is a Certified Job and Career Transition Coach. She has published and presented on the future of higher education, competency based education, career success, student and faculty success, mentoring, and engagement, leadership, and emotional intelligence as a predictor for success in online learning.