Jeffrey D. Johnson (’76)

Category: Alumni Service | Awards

2023 Alumni Service Award Winner

Jeff Johnson spent an illustrious career at the renowned architecture firm McCarty Holsaple McCarty before retiring in 2021. One of the firm’s partners, Johnson served alongside Doug McCarty, the founder’s son, for over three decades culminating in serving as executive VP and CFO. Johnson held an instrumental role in the firm’s success and acted as a driving force for community engagement and philanthropic efforts. Johnson received his bachelor’s degree from UT’s College of Architecture and Design in 1976. He has served as the president of the East Tennessee chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Johnson’s service to his alma mater has been broad and deep. He is a former member of the College of Architecture and Design’s Board of Advisors and a recipient of an Accomplished Alumni Award. He played a significant role in establishing the McCarty Holsaple McCarty international travel scholarship endowment with the College of Architecture and Design in 2007. In addition to providing philanthropic support to the McClung Museum, Johnson is a former member of the Chancellor’s Associates and a Big Orange Give ambassador. Additionally, Johnson is a past president and current volunteer for the John C. Hodges Society board at UT Libraries, specifically volunteering with the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives.

He is a community advocate for education and libraries and a founding chairman of the Episcopal School of Knoxville. An art supporter and enthusiast, Johnson is additionally a member of the prestigious Grolier Club, America’s oldest and largest society for bibliophiles and enthusiasts in the graphic arts.