Johnson-Neas, Lisa

Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Retention and Dean of Students


Direct Line: 423-636-7300 ext. 5226
Campus Phone: ext. 5226
Campus Mail: P.O. Box 5049
Office: Niswonger Commons
Department: Office of Academic Affairs
Campus or Site Location: Greeneville

Dr. Lisa Johnson-Neas, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and retention and Dean of Students, joined the faculty of Tusculum University in 2004.  She has served Tusculum in several leadership roles, most recently as associate vice president of academic affairs. Previously, Dr. Johnson-Neas was director of what is now the College of Education as well as director of the current adult and online studies program. Throughout her time at Tusculum, she has served as an assistant professor of education teaching classes in the areas of special education and classroom management and discipline and also served as Director of the Learning Center. Her achievements at Tusculum include creation of the Office of Student Persistence and Engagement, which connects with students at various levels of preparedness for college.

She now oversees the Office of Student Affairs, which is responsible for residential life, housing, multicultural affairs and student activities. She will also supervise the university’s behavioral education, counseling and disability services. Dr. Johnson-Neas collaborates with Tusculum leadership team members on comprehensive retention planning for all students. She also partners with the core student success team to identify barriers to achievement, foster communication and enhance engagement at the university.

During her 15 years in public education in the Greeneville City School System, she has taught in a variety of special education settings, including consultation, resource, inclusion and vocational training of the special education population. While at Greeneville High School, Dr. Johnson-Neas conducted research for the School of Improvement Team and participated on various Southern Association of Colleges and Schools committees. She also served on the school discipline and incentives committee. Dr. Johnson-Neas worked with the faculty of the science department to provide instruction for the Gateway Science Component to special needs students and served on the committee for developing the Gateway Science Remediation Program.

She obtained a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from East Tennessee State University. Her dissertation addressed the facilitators of success of women in leadership. She earned her ME.D from East Tennessee State University in 1995 in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis and also completed extensive work at the Master’s level in special education.