Faith and the World
In its 126th year, Johnson University seeks to maintain its evangelical mission while widening its scope and impact.
by jesse fox mayshark • february 6, 2019
johnson university president tommy smith, with the french broad river behind him.
The university campus spreads languidly along a bend in the river, its older, historic buildings sitting alongside modern facades erected in recent decades to meet the needs of a 21st century student body. New construction continues apace to provide updated athletic and recreational facilities.
From a Knoxville preacher's dream, a school that now reaches to Florida and China.
And in his book-lined office at the heart of campus, the university’s new president has a simple wish.
“We’re tired of being the best-kept secret in Knox County,” Tommy Smith says.
Because this university i...
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