William H. Johnson

AVP & Dean of Student Life at Fairfield University

Will Johnson serves as the dean of students at Fairfield University. In his current capacity, he is the University’s chief student conduct officer and advocate for students, facilitates appropriate responses to concerns raised regarding students, and provides oversight for off-campus student life. He previously served as the associate dean of students, director of the Office of Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, associate director of admission for diversity, and co-chair of the President’s Institutional Diversity Council – all at Fairfield. More recently, he served as the deputy Title IX compliance coordinator and an instructor in the Psychology Department.

Will is active in a number of professional organizations. He is currently a member of the NASPA Region 1 Regional Advisor Board. Additionally, he is the treasurer for the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) Conference on Diversity and Equity.

Previously, Will has served as the chair for the National Association for College Admission Counseling’s (NACAC) Inclusion, Access, and Success Committee. He is the past-president of Northeast Consortium Bridging Access to College (NECBAC). In addition, he was actively engaged in New England Association of College Admission Counselors (NEACAC) as a member of the Professional Development Committee, both a member and chair of the Annual Meeting and Conference Committee, and a member of the regional governing board. He is a past participant in the AJCU Ignatian Colleagues Program. He has presented locally, regionally, and nationally on a number of topics related to student life, diversity, college access, student retention, admission and recruitment.

Will attended Northeastern University earning a BS in education and earned an MS in organizational behavior from the University of Hartford. He received his PhD in educational leadership from Fordham University.


  • AVP & Dean of Student Life

    Current role

  • Dean of Students