Carl Johnson of Meredith, N.H., was selected by Plymouth State University’s Honorary Degrees and Awards Committee, and approved by the University System board of trustees, to receive the Granite State Award. The Granite State Award is conferred by the University System of New Hampshire board of trustees “to recognize leaders of business, industry, agriculture, trade associations, labor organizations, teachers in high or preparatory schools, professional persons, and citizens whose achievements in their own particular spheres have been outstanding for contributions made to New Hampshire.” The award was presented at Plymouth State University’s commencement cerremony on May 21.
Plymouth State President Donald P. Wharton says, “Carl Johnson is an exceptionally dedicated public servant whose leadership is far reaching in New Hampshire. In 2002, he introduced the legislation that would change Plymouth State from college to university. Thanks to his support and leadership throughout the entire legislative process, the name change became a reality in 2003.”
Johnson has long been an advocate for education in New Hampshire, and has dedicated years of service to wildlife and environmental preservation organizations. He serves as New Hampshire district two state senator, where his top priorities since being elected to office are education, the environment and economic development. He served two terms in the New Hampshire House of Representatives from 1991 to 1994, and since then has served in the Senate where he holds the leadership position of president pro tem. He serves as chairman of the Environment and Wildlife Committee, vice chairman of the Education Committee, and as a member of the Capital Budget Committee.
In addition to his work with the Senate, he has long been active in local and community affairs, including serving as senior member of the Inter-Lakes School Board, an adviser for the Lakes Region Conservation Trust, and a policy board member of the Loon Preservation Committee.
Johnson, who lives in Meredith with his wife Jeannette, is the former owner of Johnson Supply Company, distributor of industrial supplies throughout the northeast. He was once a professional baseball pitcher who signed with the Boston Braves in 1940. A veteran of World War II, he served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1942 to 1946, and has been a member of the American Legion since 1946.
“Carl Johnson is a model of distinguished public service,” says President Wharton, “and a wonderful example of the kind of civic engagement that ennobles life in a democracy. He works tirelessly for the public good, and has distinguished himself as a gentleman, a conciliator and a statesman.”
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