Cambridge, Mass. (August 19) -- Ken Johnson, Jr., MIT's director of communications, promotions and marketing for the Department of Athletics, Recreation and Physical Education and Recreation (DAPER), has been elected to a two-year term as the Region 1 representative on the D3SIDA Board of Directors.
Johnson's two-year term expires in 2020-21 and represents Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Vermont on the 12-member D3SIDA Board of Directors.
"I'm very proud to represent Region 1 and MIT on the D3SIDA Board of the Directors for the next two years," said Johnson. "With so many different issues at the forefront of athletic communications, I think it's important to find solutions to some of these situations and this is a great way to try to help the profession overall. I also thoroughly enjoy being a member of NCAA Division III and am fortunate to work with some of the most talented and dedicated student-athletes, coaches and staff in the country."
Johnson enters his fourth academic year at MIT in 2019-20 after coming to Cambridge from Division II Assumption College in nearby Worcester, Mass. At MIT, Johnson oversees all communications, promotions and marketing operations for DAPER, including the Institute's 33 intercollegiate athletic programs that constitute the largest athletic program in NCAA Division III. In addition to the athletic communications duties and responsibilities, Johnson is involved in a number of special events including the annual MIT Golf Outing and the 24-Hour Challenge Day of Giving, along with other sponsorship and fundraising opportunities within the department.
In 2019, Johnson was the recipient of the 2019 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Excellence in Communications Award for NCAA Division III Track and Field.
Johnson has been active in a number of professional organizations, including CoSIDA, ECAC-SIDA and the National College Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). Johnson served as part of the local organizing committee for the ECAC-SIDA Convention in 2013 in Manchester, N.H. and the 2019 Convention in Framingham, Mass. In addition, he has presented at the conferences in 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019.