Tell Your Bob Johnston Story

October 21, 2013

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In a grand gesture of gratitude to her former instructor, alumna Patricia “Patty” Roberts and her husband have established an endowed professorship to honor Dr. Robert 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 sharing your personal experience with Dr. Johnston using the reply function below.  By doing so, we hope to capture his remarkable legacy characterized by loyal students like you for years to come.

About Whitney Hanlin

I serve as the Assistant Director of Advancement and Alumni Relations for George Mason University’s School of Business. In my role, I seek to connect alumni and friends of the School of Business with a variety of projects and initiatives in an effort to support the mission of George Mason University.

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3 Responses to “Tell Your Bob Johnston Story”

  1. Whitney Hanlin Says:

    Shared on behalf of Rafael Cestti, MBA ’94

    “Back in 1992 I was a foreign student seeking to obtain some financial assistance for my MBA studies at Mason. Professor Johnston gave me such opportunity by offering me to be his Graduate Assistant. While this certainly aided in my initial objective, far more important than that was the wealth of knowledge I was able to obtain working for him during almost two years.

    I don’t want to sound pretentious but I really consider that work relationship as the first stone in a rather successful 20 year career in the Corporate Finance/Banking arena. For that, I will always be very grateful to him.”


  2. Chip Hoagland Says:

    Dr Johnston was the leader of a great Finance department when I went to Mason as a Finance undergraduate in the 80s. He was the first professor that I interacted with at the SOM and was always helpful and insightful in giving advice and teaching. I always felt like I was part of a family in that small department. Thank you Dr Johnston. Hope you enjoy your well-earned retirement.
    Chip Hoagland
    VP & Treasurer
    The AES Corp
    Arlington, VA
    BS Finance
    Class of 1987


  3. Angel Burgos Says:

    Bob Johnston embodies the best of GMU — the values, the expertise, the pedagogical skills, and the personality that make a great teacher. Like so many, I am a better person for knowing him.

    Angel J. Burgos
    Executive Director, MBA Programs
    Florida international University


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