Sally Johnstone


Before joining NCHEMS as its President, Sally M. Johnstone served as a vice president at the Western Governors University, a provost at a public comprehensive university, as the founding director of WCET at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), an assistant dean, and as a faculty member.  She also serves as the executive director of the Foundation for Student Success, a commissioner on the U.S. United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Commission, and on the editorial boards for Change magazine (USA) and the Journal of Open Learning (UK).  She is the founding editor of the new Journal of Competency-Based Education.

Dr. Johnstone has written dozens of articles, books, and reports on issues of integrating effective new practices into academics.  She has managed workshops, served on study groups, and given speeches throughout North America, Europe, and the Pacific Rim.  She earned her baccalaureate and master’s degrees from Virginia Tech and her Ph. D. in experimental psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.