Longtime NU supporter J.V. Johnston named Cardinal Newman Medal recipient for 2013


Newman University alumnus and longtime supporter J.V. Johnston will receive the Cardinal Newman Medal in 2013 for his distinguished service to the university.

Johnston graduated from Kansas Newman College in 1982 with a degree in business administration. In 1997, he and his wife Veronica (Armendariz), who is also a 1982 Newman graduate, received the St. Maria De Mattias Alumni Award.

Johnston served four terms on the Newman Board of Trustees from 1999 to 2011, including a term as Chairman from 2007 to 2011. Among his many accomplishments as Chairman, Johnston played a key role in completing Founders Plaza on the Newman campus. He also championed the Newman Strategic Plan 2009-2014 and the May 2010 Campus Master Plan, and guided successful efforts to increase enrollment and balance the budget.

Johnston and his family have also supported the university through generous gifts to capital campaigns, athletics, and student scholarships.

J.V. and Veronica Johnston have four sons: Benjamin, a 2006 Newman graduate; Jacob (Jake), a 2008 Newman graduate; Issac, a 2010 Newman graduate, and Jordan.