Sue Ryan | September 9, 2019
Todd, Susan, Matthew and Hilary Johnson of Duluth, Minnesota, have made a significant leadership gift to the University of Notre Dame for the construction of Johnson Family Hall, a women’s residence hall on the northeast side of campus.
“The Johnsons, an exceptionally generous family, have exhibited that generosity in making possible this hall at Notre Dame bearing their name,” said University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. “We are extremely grateful for this residence hall, a place for building community and contributing to the education of our students’ minds and hearts.”
Todd is chairman and CEO of Capstan Corporation, a third-generation family business. Under Todd’s direction, the company expanded from a construction company and a shipyard to include a thermal energy utility in Omaha, Nebraska; a plastic film manufacturer in Superior, Wisconsin; and leadership in a large community bank. He earned his bachelor’s degree in construction engineering management from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 1981. Todd served as a board member and chair of the Audit Committee of the Federal Reserve’s ninth district for six years.
Susan has been a speech-language pathologist with Duluth Public Schools for more than 30 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and her master’s degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 1987. She has held board positions on the Junior League of Duluth and the Minnesota Ballet. The Johnsons are members of Notre Dame’s Cavanaugh Council, Badin Guild and Boldly Notre Dame campaign cabinet.
Matthew Johnson is a 2012 and 2019 graduate of Notre Dame. He recently graduated from the one-year accelerated MBA program. While on campus he served as a campus tour guide and as a weekly reader to president emeritus Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.
Hilary Johnson is a 2015 graduate of Notre Dame, and is currently working toward a master of biomedical science degree at Midwestern University. While on campus she was a resident assistant in Lyons Hall and a weekly volunteer at Saint Mary’s Convent.
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