• Misty M. Johanson, PhD

    Interim Dean, Driehaus College of Business


Misty M. Johanson became interim dean of the Driehaus College of Business on July 1, 2017. She also is the director of DePaul’s School of Hospitality Leadership. An exceptional professor, scholar and industry professional, she brings a real-world perspective to her roles at DePaul.

Johanson joined DePaul in 2009 to help establish the School of Hospitality Leadership, which she has directed since 2014. Under her leadership, the school has earned accolades for its innovative teaching and faculty research, and forged strong ties to Chicago’s world-class hospitality industry. She also has served as an associate dean of the business school since 2011, overseeing areas that include academic quality, accreditation and industry engagement.

As a scholar, Johanson has been named one of the most prolific authors in the hospitality field. She has produced more than 50 refereed scholarly publications and she is the co-author of the textbook, “Managing Hospitality Human Resources.” Johanson’s industry experience includes serving as manager, management advisor and consultant to global hospitality organizations, including Marriott International. She earned a B.A., M.S. and Ph.D. in hospitality business and tourism from Michigan State University.