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Rebecca L. Johnson, Ph.D.

Portrait of Becky L Johnson.Rebecca L. Johnson, Ph.D.
Interim President

Rebecca L. Johnson, Ph.D., an esteemed leader in higher education, served as the President Emeritus at Oregon State University. She earned her Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Michigan State University, furthering her expertise after her M.S. in the same field and a B.A. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Johnson's career highlights include her impactful tenure as interim president at OSU, transforming OSU-Cascades as its vice president, and enhancing academic affairs as vice provost. Recognized for her contributions in economics of tourism and natural resources, she's known for her commitment to education and leadership. Her vision continues to influence the academic world.


Curriculum Vitae

  • Education

    • Ph.D., 1985, Michigan State University, Agricultural Economics, minor fields in Resource Economics, Policy Analysis, Quantitative Methods, Economics
    • M.S., 1981, Michigan State University, Agricultural Economics (Minor: Economics)
    • B.A., 1977, University of Wisconsin‑Madison, Economics
  • Professional development

    • 10-year membership with Vistage, a global organization CEO group in Bend, benefiting from the diverse insights of private sector peers.
  • Academic experience

    • Interim President, Oregon State University, 2021-22
    • Vice President for OSU-Cascades (Vice President was the leader of the campus), 2009-21
    • Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and International Programs, OSU, 2005-09
    • Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (0.5 FTE), College of Forestry; Chair, OSU 2007 Steering Committee, Provost’s Office (0.5 FTE), 2002-05
    • Professor, Department of Forest Resources (0.5 FTE), Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (0.5 FTE), College of Forestry, 2000-02
    • Associate Professor, Department of Forest Resources, College of Forestry, 1990-00
    • Visiting Scholar, Centre for Resource Management, Lincoln University, New Zealand (6 month sabbatical from OSU), 1991-92
    • Assistant Professor, Department of Forest Resources, College of Forestry, 1984‑90
    • Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Agricultural Economics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, 1979‑84
    • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Agricultural Economics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, 1981‑84
  • Board seats and leadership positions

    • President, Executive Committee for Economic Development in Central Oregon (2018)
    • Board Member, City Club of Central Oregon
    • Participant, Regional Education Leaders (K-12 Superintendents and Presidents of Central Oregon Community College and OSU-Cascades)
    • Member, Governor's Council of Economic Advisors, State of Oregon
  • Honors and awards

    • Dean's Award for Outstanding Achievement, Member of COF Integrated Research Project
    • The Family Firm Institute, Le Van Award for Interdisciplinary Achievement - Adapting to Change Project, Oregon Sea Grant
    • Nominated for the Aufderheide Award for outstanding teaching in the College of Forestry
    • Oregon State University Women of Achievement Award
    • Oregon State University Beaver Champion Award – annual award from OSU President for outstanding performance
    • Woman of the Year, The Source Weekly
    • Woman of the Year, Bend Chamber of Commerce
  • Publications

    Selected Refereed Publications
    • Johnson, R.L., and D.B. Suits. 1983. "A statistical analysis of the demand for visits to U.S. National Parks: Travel costs and seasonality." Journal of Travel Research (Fall):21‑24.
    • Shelby, B., Bregenzer, N., and R.L. Johnson. 1988. "Displacement and product shift: empirical evidence from Oregon's rivers." Journal of Leisure Research 20(4):274‑288.
    • Johnson, R.L. 1989. "Marketing fee hunting opportunities in the presence of abundant public land." Western Journal of Applied Forestry 4(1):24‑26.
    • Johnson, R.L. and M.J. Manfredo. 1989. An evaluation of the relationship between nongame wildlife use and donation to nongame tax checkoffs. Society & Natural Resources 2(4):367-374.
    • Johnson, R.L., F.W. Obermiller, and H. Radtke. 1989. "The economic impact of tourism sales." Journal of Leisure Research 21(2):140‑154.
    • Rasker, R., R.L. Johnson, and D. Cleaves. 1990. Wildlife and hunting on private agricultural land: the case of waterfowl in western Oregon. Forest Research Laboratory, Oregon State University, Corvallis. Research Bulletin 70.
    • Daniels, S.E., R.L. Johnson, and D.C. Markstrom. 1991. Estimating and comparing demand functions for personal use Christmas tree cutting at seven Utah sites. Western Journal of Applied Forestry 6(2):42-46.
    • Rasker, R., M. Martin, and R.L. Johnson. 1992. Economics: Theory vs. practice in wildlife management. Conservation Biology 6(3):338-349.
    • Latham, R.P. and R.L. Johnson. 1992. Amenity values and the centrality of the second-highest bid. The Appraisal Journal Vol LX, No. 2, pp. 288-290.
    • Johnson, R.L. and E. Moore. 1993. Estimating tourism economic impacts. Annals of Tourism Research Vol. 20, pp. 279-288.
    • Johnson, K. and R.L. Johnson. 1993. Public participation in wildlife management: Opinions from public meetings and random surveys. Wildlife Society Bulletin 21:218-225.
    • Lindberg, K. and R.L.Johnson. 1994. Estimating the demand for ecotourism sites in developing countries: The travel cost and contingent valuation methods. Trends 31(2).
    • Johnson, R.L., M. Brunson, and T. Kimura. 1994. Using image capture technology to assess scenic value at the urban/forest interface: A case study. Journal of Environmental Management. 40:183-195.
    • Lindberg, K., and R.L. Johnson. 1996. Estimating the economic value of tourism's social impacts. Annals of Tourism Research 24(1).
    • Lindberg, K., and R.L. Johnson. 1997. Modeling resident attitudes toward tourism. Annals of Tourism Research. 24(2).
    • Lindberg, K., R.L. Johnson, and R.P. Berrens. 1997. Contingent valuation of rural tourism development with tests of scope and mode stability. Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 22(1)44:60.
    • Johnson, R.L., R.J. Alig, E. Moore, and R.J. Moulton. 1997. NIPF landowners’ view of regulation. Journal of Forestry 5(1).
    • Chambers, C.L., W.C. McComb, J.C. Tappeiner, II, L.D. Kellogg, R.L. Johnson, and G. Spycher. 1999. CFIRP: What we learned in the first ten years. The Forestry Chronicle, Vol. 75, No. 3, pp. 431-434.
    • Kline, J.D., R.J. Alig, and R.L. Johnson. 2000. Forest owner incentives to protect riparian habitat. Ecological Economics 33:29-43
    • Kline, J.D., R.J. Alig, and R.L. Johnson. 2000. Fostering the production of nontimber services among forest owners with heterogeneous objectives. Forest Science 46(2):301-311.
    • Wing, M.G., and R.L. Johnson. 2000. Determining visual sensitivity of a forest with spatial data. Environmental Management 27(3):411-420.
    • Kim, Y.S., and R.L. Johnson. 2002. The impacts of forests and forest management on neighboring property values. Society and Natural Resources 15(10): 887-901.
    • Shelby, B., J. Thompson, M. Brunson, and R.L. Johnson. 2003. Changes in scenic quality after harvest: A decade of ratings for six silviculture treatments. Journal of Forestry, 101(2): 30-35.
    • Huppert, D.D., R.L. Johnson, J. Leahy, and K. Bell. 2003. Interactions between Human Communities and Estuaries in the Pacific Northwest: Trends and Implications for Management. Estuaries, 26(4B): 994-1009.
    • Johnson, R.L., and G.V. Johnson, eds. 1990. Economic Valuation of Natural Resources: Issues, Theory, and Applications. Westview Press.
    • Hobbs, S.D., Hayes, J.P., Johnson, R.L., Reeves, G.H., Spies, T.A., Tappeiner, J.C., and Wells, G.E. 2002. Forest and Stream Management in the Oregon Coast Range. Oregon State University Press, Corvallis.
    Book Chapters
    • Johnson, R.L., N.S. Bregenzer, and B. Shelby. 1990. A comparison of contingent valuation method results: Dichotomous choice vs. open‑ended responses. In Economic Valuation of Natural Resources: Issues, Theory, and Application, R.L. Johnson and G.V. Johnson, eds., Westview Press.
    • Johnson, R.L., and T. Brown. 1991. Beneficial economic consequences of leisure activities. In Beneficial Consequences of Leisure Activities, B. Driver, P. Brown, and G. Peterson, eds., Venture Publishing, State College, PA.
    • Radtke, H.D., S.W. Davis, R.L. Johnson, and K. Lindberg. 1997. Economic and demographic transitions on the Oregon Coast. In Rainforests of Home: Profile of a N. Am. Bioregion. P. Schoonmaker, B. vonHager, and E. Wolf, eds. Island Press, Washington, D.C.
    • Houston, L., Waters, E., Johnson, R.L., Radtke, H., and Gates, J. 2000. The economic impacts of reduced marine harvest on regional economies. In Change and Resilience in Fishing, S. Hanna and M. Hall-Arber, eds., Oregon Sea Grant, Corvallis.
    • Johnson, R.L., and G. Stankey. 2001. Socioeconomic implications of forest management. In: Forest and Stream Management in the Oregon Coast Range. S. Hobbs, J. Hayes, R.L. Johnson, G. Reeves, T. Spies, J. Tappeiner, and G. Wells, eds. Oregon State University Press, Corvallis.
    • Johnson, R.L., and J. Leahy. 2004. Social Aspects of Coastal Tourism. In: Society and Natural Resources: A Summary of Knowledge. M.J. Manfredo, J.J. Vaske, D.R. Field, P.J. Brown, B.L. Bruyere, eds. Modern Litho, Jefferson City, MO.

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Dec. 22, 2023

Rebecca L. Johnson named interim president of Linfield University

Rebecca "Becky" Johnson, a longtime leader in Oregon higher education, will serve as interim president at Linfield University.