Dr. Bill Johnson has served as Superintendent of the Laveen Elementary School District since 2011.
Dr. Johnson worked for several years in the private sector before working in public education. His professional experience includes working as a Project Engineer and as a Project Manager on a variety of construction projects including heavy civil, industrial, and institutional facilities. He is a registered architect and has worked as a consultant in facility planning, land acquisition, design, construction claims resolution, and market research.
His career in public education began about 25 years ago when the then Superintendent of the Alhambra School District and former President and CEO of the Rodel Foundation, Dr. Carol G. Peck, encouraged him to apply for a position within the school district. Bill had been serving Alhambra as a consultant for its bond-building program. He accepted the position and worked as Alhambra’s Director of Operations for seven years. He was recruited by the Scottsdale School District to serve as its Assistant Superintendent of Operations where he managed an annual department budget of over $20 million and bond programs totaling more than $300 million.
In 2005 he joined Laveen as Associate Superintendent of Business and Operations. The Governing Board selected Dr. Johnson as the Superintendent of Laveen Elementary School District in April 2011.
Dr. Johnson earned a doctoral degree and a master’s degree in educational supervision and administration at ASU. He received his bachelor’s degree in construction from the College of Engineering at Arizona State University (ASU) in 1980.
Dr. Johnson was awarded the All Arizona Superintendent of the Year for Large School Districts in 2017 in recognition of outstanding accomplishment and excellence in educational administration. Dr. Johnson received the 2013 Spirit of South Mountain Award from the Chamber of Commerce for his community service and work in education. In 2006, he was awarded the Silver Beaver Award by the Boy Scouts of America for distinguished service to youth.
Dr. Johnson is a member of the Laveen Lions Club and served as Club President in 2016 and 2017. He is also a member of the Laveen Art League.
Dr. Johnson has served in several advisory positions including the strategic planning committee for the United States Postal Service Facilities Department and the technical advisory committee and the alternative construction delivery methods rules committee for the Arizona School Facilities Board. In 2009, he was appointed by Governor Jan Brewer and confirmed by the Arizona State Senate to serve a three-year term as a member of the Arizona School Facilities Board.