State Outreach / Lansing

Veronica Wilkerson JohnsonVeronica A. W. Johnson, Ph.d

Director, Lansing Service Center
(517) 372-2159

Veronica A. W. Wilkerson Johnson currently serves as director of the U-M Lansing Service Center, and as an outreach representative to communities in Mid-Michigan, particularly Battle Creek, Jackson and Mount Pleasant.

Veronica earned her Master's degree in Information from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor's degree in Communications/Journalism from Wayne State University. Prior to working for U-M, she worked in State Government for former Governor James J. Blanchard and Senator Hansen Clarke and at the Library of Michigan.

While serving as director since its inception in January of 1993, Veronica has:

  • developed the Wolverine Caucus (WC), a monthly forum series that brings U-M faculty to Lansing to speak on substantive state government issues to U-M alumni who work in and around state government
  • improved dialogue between the University's myriad departments, State government, and business and local community leaders
  • arranged educational campus visits for her outreach areas
  • collaborated with colleagues from other public universities for important projects , including the annual Michigan Undergraduate Research Forum which involves students from U-M Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint; Michigan State University, and Wayne State University
  • collaborated with fellow UM outreach officers in the development and implementation of the annual Michigan Road Scholars Tour, a 4 day tour around the state for U-M faculty to learn in detail about Michigan in the areas of government, education, business, manufacturing, medical resources, the environment, agriculture, the arts, and the criminal justice system and prisons
  • served on the U-M Alumni Board of Greater Lansing and aided in alumni related work across Mid-Michigan
  • aided Mid-Michigan student recruitment efforts and in provided U-M information on financial aid and admissions to Mid-Michigan students

Veronica is very knowledgeable of State Government, business, academics, and research at U-M; she can be reached at 517. 372.7801

Veronica's Areas of Outreach

Mid-Michigan, including Jackson and Lansing; Wolverine Caucus
Below, some examples:

Veronica A.W. Johnson, Vice President of the Library of Michigan Foundation, announces "Night for Notables"

This annual event honors 20 Michigan Notable Books and their authors. It includes an award ceremony, a gala evening of notable author book signings, interaction with the authors, and a fine selection of hors d’ oeuvres, desserts and Michigan beverages. The 2015 authors


Art in the House 2015/2016

New! Brochure

This initiative is sponsored by the President's Council
for State Universities in Michigan.
New 2015/16 Art in the House:
Emily McGowan, artwork entitled: "Landscapes"
(at left) Katelyn Wollet, artwork entitled: "Presence"
Nancy Huynh, artwork entitled: "Beau"
Marco Lorenzetti, artwork entitled: "The Flames Which Pour From the Earth"

View the artwork HERE and link to each artists web page presentation.

Bob Waldron Memorial Internship

Veronica A. W. Johnson and Debra Horner, Center for State, Local and Urban Policy (CLOSUP), at the UM Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy choose a candidate each year for the Bob Waldron Memorial Internship to intern for a Representative during the fall and spring.

Michigan Society of Association Executives (MSAE)

Annual Legislative Conference: Dr. Veronica A. W. Johnson helps plan this all-day legislative public policy conference every year. This year Veronica is the Chairperson of the 2016 Legislative and Public Policy Conference Task Force, and this event will be held on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at the Radisson Hotel Lansing.

This conference speakers and presenters include: local state officials, members of the House and Senate, department heads, and various media around the State of Michigan.

What is the MSAE? The Michigan Society of Association Executives is a not-for-profit membership organization that serves similar organizations in a variety of managerial and staff specialist roles. MSAE focuses its resources on the professional development needs of its members. The scope of program development includes the following broadly defined functions:

  • advancing knowledge and skill in organizational management and technical specialties
  • facilitating interchange of expertise and experience among professionals
  • advocating the values of professional management of not-for-profit membership organizations
  • assisting with the career progression of members

MSAE has served the association management and meetings industries since 1927. Today it functions as an information resource and professional network for more than 700 executives in Michigan's association and nonprofit communities. Take advantage of this outstanding resource for yourself and your organization.