General Motors VP speaks on ethics of economic bailout

Posted Online: April 27, 2009, 2:51 pm
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General Motors VP Speaks on Ethics of Economic Bailout

Rock Island, IL— E. Christopher Johnson, Jr., former Vice President and General Counsel at General Motors, will address the ethics of the economic bailout as a part of Augustana College"s ethics symposium on Saturday, May 2, 2009. The symposium will be held in the Franklin W. Olin Educational Technology Center auditorium (773 35th St.) from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Johnson led and managed all of GM"s legal services in the U.S., Canada and Mexico and served as a counsel to the GM North American Strategy Board from 2001-2008. He graduated from West Point at the highest level of rank attainable in 1973 and graduated cum laude from the New York Law School in 1981. He began working on the Legal Staff at General Motors in1988 and rose to his position of Vice President in 2001. He is currently serving as the director of the corporate law and finance graduate program at The Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan.

In addition to his professional experience, Johnson has established himself as a leader in his church and community. He serves on the Elder board at Northridge Church in Plymouth, Michigan, one of the fastest growing churches in the United States, and was recently elected as a delegate to the American Bar Association, which nationally represents the legal profession and is the largest voluntary professional association in the world. Johnson has been on the Great Lakes Board of Directors for the American Cancer Society for the past seven years and is also currently the Vice Chairman for the United Negro College Fund.

Johnson"s keynote address at Augustana will begin at 10 a.m. His presentation will be followed at 11 a.m. by a panel discussion led by Stephanie Acri, the owner of Evans Manufacturing. Since purchasing Evans Manufacturing in 2004, Acri has increased revenue by 250% and employment from 32 to 54 full-time employees. Evans Manufacturing was awarded the 2007 Quad Cities Chapter of Score Business of the Year and the 2008 Safer Foundation Employer of the Year award. After the discussion, attendees are invited to attend a lunch in Augustana"s Wilson Center.

The ethics symposium is being sponsored by Augustana"s Institute for Leadership and Service and Augustana"s Center for the Study of Ethics, which brings together faculty, students and community leaders to discuss important ethical issues.


For more information, contact Kamy Beattie at or 309-794-7721.

About Augustana: Founded in 1860 and situated on a 115-acre campus near the Mississippi River, Augustana College is a private liberal arts institution affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The college enrolls 2,500 students from diverse geographic, social, ethnic and religious backgrounds and offers more than 60 majors and areas of study. Augustana employs 226 faculty and has a student-faculty ratio of 11:1. Augustana continues to do what it always has done: challenge and prepare students for lives of leadership and service in our complex, ever-changing world.


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