Erika Bailey-Johnson has been named the next University of Minnesota Morris Alumni Association Board of Directors President. A former biology major from the Class of ’99, Bailey-Johnson was inducted into the Cougar Hall of Fame for her volleyball prowess. She went on to earn a master’s degree in environmental studies from Bemidji State University. She is the first sustainability director at Bemidji State University and was also appointed coordinator of the People and the Environment academic program in 2016 and teaches each semester.
She and her husband taught for two years in Mexico and three years in Kuwait before returning to Minnesota. Bailey-Johnson is also an enrolled member of the Red Lake Band of Ojibwe and recently had a bilingual Ojibwe/English children’s book published to connect children to the Ojibwe language and Mother Earth.