Dr. Robert Johnston has been an integral part of the success of the School of Management and its students for over 30 years. Bringing real-world experience into the classroom, his case-method approach to teaching has left a lasting impact on his colleagues, peers, and students alike.
One student in particular prizes Dr. Johnston as having a lasting impact on her life. Upon graduation, Patricia Roberts, BS Business Administration ’77, found she wasn’t receiving the types of job offers that were being presented to her male classmates. Roberts took her concerns to Dr. Johnston, who was able to set up an interview for her at General Reinsurance Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary.
Roberts was promptly hired by the corporation and dedicated the next 35 years of her professional energies to her work there. She says she “loved every day,” working her way up through a variety of leadership roles. In 2001, she was named president and chief executive officer of two companies within the Berkshire Hathaway organization: General Star and Genesis.
Now, in a grand gesture of gratitude to her former instructor, Roberts and her husband have established a professorship to honor Dr. Johnston. They kicked off the endowment last November with a gift of $500,000—the largest contribution ever received in the history of the School of Management. The gift was a “way for us to say thank you,” Roberts says, “and pave the way for the next professor to follow in his footsteps.”
We ask that you join Roberts in memorializing Dr. Johnston’s legacy by contributing to the Robert D. Johnston Endowed Professorship Fund to support the School of Management in attracting top teaching talent for the continued success of our students.
To show your support for this important initiative, please click the button below to give online or make a check out to the George Mason University Foundation and specify the “Robert D. Johnston Endowed Professorship” in the memo.