Wilfred M. Johnson has served on the Iowa
Commission on the Status of African-Americans for two terms.
He accepted his appointment to the commission because he felt
he could make a difference in the lives of African-Americans
in the state of Iowa and in turn, improve the condition of all
Iowans. During his tenure he served as chair for two years. Under
his administration, the Men To Boys Retreat and the Education
Round Table were implemented. In addition, the African-American
Womens Conference enjoyed record attendance.
Mr. Johnson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Poitical Science
with an emphasis in Pre-Law and a minor in Spanish from the University
of Northern Iowa. He continued his education and earned a Masters
of Education in College Student Personnel Services and Counseling.
Currently, Mr. Johnson is employed as an administrator at the
University of Northern Iowa. He directs the Classic Upward Bound
Program which is designed to assist students from underrepresented
populations with enrolling and graduating from the college of
their choice. Mr. Johnson is well respected in his field and
currently he is mentoring ten Upward Bound programs.
Mr. Johnson believes that the we must lead by example and it
shows in his volunteering efforts. In addition to serving on
the commission, he volunteers in these organizations: Iowa Community
Health and Leadership Institute, National Training Grant, Student
Activity Fee Committee, Waterloo Community Development Board,
Iowa Child Support Advisory Committee, Jubilee United Methodist
Church Administratvie Council, Black Hawk Leadership Baord and
Roosevelt Elementary School Right To Read program.
Mr. Johnson feels that the best way to reach the commission goals
is to focus on education. He believes that through education
and only through education will we be able to level the playing
field for African-American youth.