Mr. Leonard H. Johnson of Dade City recently was appointed to the University of Florida’s Board of Trustees. Mr. Johnson was selected from a competitive field of applicants and was appointed to this prestigious position by the Board of Governors of the State University System of Florida. The University’s Board of Trustees makes policy, financial, budgeting and legal decisions for the university and serves as the institution’s final authority. Mr. Johnson will begin his term immediately and will serve through early January, 2021.
A lifelong Gator fan, Mr. Johnson attended UF from 1975-1980, earning a bachelor’s degree in finance and a law degree. For the past seven years, he has served as a Distinguished Director of the Gator Boosters, Inc., the organization that provides fundraising support for the University’s Athletic Association. Currently, he serves as the president-elect. In just two weeks he will become president of the organization, following in the footsteps of his father, Hjalma Johnson, who was president in 2006-2007. They will be the first father/son duo to serve as president in the booster organization’s history. Both prominent patrons of UF athletics, Mr. Johnson and his father established an endowment fund in 2005 to support the Gator football program and provide athlete scholarships.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to serve on the Board of Trustees at my alma mater,” says Mr. Johnson. “I’ve been a Gator all my life. Both of my parents and both of my children are UF grads, so it’s really meaningful to me to have a chance to give back to the school that has been so important to all of us.”
Beyond his involvement with the University of Florida, Mr. Johnson is an avid community volunteer. He was appointed to the Board of Trustees for Pasco-Hernando State College by Governor Scott, where he served for six years, including a term as Vice Chairman and Chairman. Mr. Johnson spent seven years as Director of Florida West Coast Public Broadcasting, Inc. (WEDU), and served on the Board of Directors of the Lacoochee Boys & Girls Club for five years.
In addition to his community involvement, Mr. Johnson practices law as a partner with the Tampa firm Barnett, Bolt, Kirkwood, Long & Koche. He is licensed to practice in Florida, New York and Colorado. He has served as a director of numerous community banks and has been affiliated with several real estate development and holding companies.
Formed in 1975, Barnett Bolt Kirkwood Long & Koche has steadily expanded the scope of its legal representation over the years. From its origins as a boutique tax law firm to its present incarnation as a full-service business law firm, Barnett Bolt attorneys practice in the areas of tax, estates and trusts, business law, commercial litigation, real estate transactions, and banking law. Learn more at www.barnettbolt.com.