2013 Summer Commencement Speaker

City of Lawrenceville Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson

Mayor Judy Johnson Judy Jordan Johnson is a lifelong resident of Lawrenceville. She was born and raised on Culver Street. Judy comes by her public service naturally. Her mother Willela Allison Jordan was a social worker and homemaker and her father Hilliard Rhodes Jordan was an attorney, served in the House of Representatives and was mayor of Lawrenceville for 16 years. She graduated from Central Gwinnett High School in 1970, obtained a Bachelors from LaGrange in 1974, a Master of Art in Teaching from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1976 and a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Argosy University in 2003. Judy taught math at Central Gwinnett High School for thirty years, where she also coached basketball and softball. Judy was Teacher of the Year in 1990. She is married to Allan Johnson, a retired teacher, and has two step daughters. Melissa is married to Jeff Tresidder and lives in Minneapolis. Becky passed away in 2009.

She is active in the Lawrenceville community volunteering at Lawrenceville Elementary School, Lawrenceville Co-Op and Gwinnett Medical Center. Previously she was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority and the Lawrenceville Business and Professional Women’s Club, where she was named the Georgia Business and Professional Woman of the Year for 2006. Judy is a member and Deacon of First Baptist Church of Lawrenceville.

Judy served on the City Council from 2003 to 2008 and was elected mayor in November 2010. Her first term as mayor began January 1, 2011.

She believes neighborhoods, schools and businesses all have a vital role in the success of a community. Her role as public servant will be to bring a positive relationship to all aspects of Lawrenceville.