Aspen Institute to get new president
Chicago attorney Elmer W. Johnson is expected to become the new president of The Aspen Institute.Currently a partner in the Kirkland & Ellis law firm in Chicago and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Johnson succeeds Charles B. Knapp at the institute’s helm. Knapp resigned after two years with the institute, to return to higher education.Johnson’s appointment as president is subject to approval by the institute’s board at its July meeting.”We are pleased to have someone with Elmer Johnson’s wisdom and experience leading The Aspen Institute,” said Ann McLaughlin, chairman of the institute’s board of trustees. “As a member of the institute’s board for over ten years and a resource to the institute’s seminar program, Mr. Johnson knows firsthand the important role the institute plays when it brings leaders together to discuss the important issues of our time. He understands the need for forming strategic alliances – among businesses, the community, government, and others – in order to meet these challenges.”A Denver native, Johnson received his bachelor’s degree from Yale University and his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School. He became a partner with Kirkland & Ellis in 1962, and has handled several major clients for the firm since. He has also authored several articles on ethics-oriented issues regarding the large corporation, the legal profession, capitalism and public policy, and he has written and lectured widely on corporate governance issues.
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Aspen and Snowmass Village make the Aspen Times’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
As Colorado Rocky Mountain School students, Makaya Mackie and her classmates get to see the Crystal River each day from the school’s Carbondale campus. But that view comes from ground level and doesn’t necessarily mean the students understand or appreciate what is in their backyard.