Mayor Addresses Savannah Grads Dr. Otis S. Johnson Speaks to Graduates at Ceremony.

June 19, 2004

Mayor Dr. Otis S. Johnson, city of Savannah, spoke to more than 100 graduates at the Saint Leo University Savannah Center commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 19 at Saint James Catholic Church in Savannah, Ga.

Dr. Otis S. Johnson has devoted his entire professional career to making conditions better for people in Savannah and Chatham County. The citizens of the city of Savannah elected Dr. Johnson to the position of mayor in November 2003. Prior to serving as mayor, Johnson was a member at Savannah State University from 1971 to 1988, and returned to the University in 1998, becoming dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences until retirement in May 2002.

Other ways Johnson has served his community have included working for Economic Opportunity Authority and the Model Cities Program, elected to the Savannah City Council in 1982 and re-elected in 1986, member of the Chatham Board of Public Education, and executive director of the Youth Futures Authority from 1988 to 1998.

The Savannah Center commencement ceremony is one of 14 ceremonies this summer for students at the University’s many locations throughout the southeastern United States. The degree candidates have fulfilled the requirements for the following degrees: bachelor of arts in business administration, criminology, human resources administration, and religion; bachelor of science in computer information systems; and associate of arts in business administration and liberal arts.