Center Names New President
The Richardson Digest
March 17, 1965
Gifford K. Johnson today was named president of the Graduate Research Center of the Southwest in Richardson. His election by the Center's executive committee was announced by J. Erik Jonsson, chairman of the board of directors.
Dr. Lloyd Berkner, president of the parent Center since its chartering Feb. 14, 1961, will become chairman of the executive committee. He will continue to head the scientific program as Director, Southwest Center for Advanced Studies. SCAS is the research and teaching division; it is the largest GRCSW unit, with a faculty and staff of 201.
"Under Lloyd Berkner's guidance, the Graduate Research Center of the Southwest has assembled an eminent faculty and is conducting 31 basic research projects," said Board Chairman Erik Jonsson in the announcement.
"We face the obligation of continuing to grow, while maintaining the same degree of excellence that has been established. We must first increase and broaden the fundamental research for government and other agencies, while also getting on with another main purpose—the strengthening of graduate education in the whole Southwest.
"This obligation now emphasizes and demands the division of general management and research management responsibilities. We have the talent, in Gifford Johnson and Lloyd Berkner, to take this timely action."
Doctor Berkner said: "I am gratified by the willingness of a person of Mr. Johnson's great experience and ability to join the top direction of the Center, for the furtherance of its objectives. The rapid growth of the Center has made essential its important measure, to ensure the broad effectuation of its goals in science and education." Mr. Johnson comes to the presidency of the private, non-profit GRCSW from a lifetime of business experience in the aerospace-electronics industry.
He was president of Ling-Temeo-Vought, Inc., from the time of its formation by merger of Ling-Temeo Electronics, Inc., and Chance Vought Corporation, 1961-1964. He previously was president of Chance Vought, and had also served in executive and managerial posts with North American Aviation and what is now General Dynamics. He has managed large and extensive research and development programs in industry.
Known widely in Dallas, in Texas, and in Washington, Mr. Johnson has given increasing amounts of time in educational fields.