The Health Museum President and CEO Recognized Among University of Houston Cougar 100 Alumni

01 Nov 2016
Juan Alanis

November 1, 2016 (Houston, Texas) – This month, Dr. Melanie Johnson, president and CEO at The Health Museum was recognized among Houston’s most outstanding business leaders by the University of Houston in its annual Cougar 100 list. A University of Houston graduate, Dr. Melanie Johnson is also the first African American to hold a senior position in the Houston museum district.

The Cougar 100 list acknowledges the most outstanding businesses owned or led by high achieving University of Houston alumni.

"This is an incredible honor and privilege,” said Dr. Melanie Johnson. “I am proud to call Houston home, and I am equally proud of all of the achievements of The Health Museum in its first 20 years of existence in the city of Houston. We have plenty more to come in the next 20 years!"

The Health Museum is the only museum to be included in the Cougar 100 list. During her time at The Health Museum, Dr. Melanie Johnson has increased overall revenue by 40 percent, as well as driven an increase in overall attendance to the city of Houston’s most interactive learning center by 35 percent. Dr. Johnson is passionate about bringing new and innovative exhibit experiences to the city of Houston. One such exhibit is the upcoming Body WorldsRX.

Body WorldsRX is a 5,000 square foot version of the original BODY WORLDS exhibit, which focuses on contemporary diseases and ailments that afflict the public, and how everyday lifestyle choices can improve health and wellness. The exhibition will be on display at The Health Museum from January to April 2017.

Dr. Melanie Johnson earned a Masters of Hospitality Management from the University of Houston, after earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Business/French from Auburn University. She also earned a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas Southern University.

Prior to joining the John P. McGovern Museum of Health & Medical Sciences, Dr. Melanie Johnson had served as Director of Education for Space Center Houston; and served in a leadership capacity for informal education, Pre-K through high school, post-secondary and remedial education.

Her commitment to the local community includes service on various boards, among them The Houston Museum District Association, South Main Alliance, National Retired Basketball Association, Texas Southern University’s Foundation, and the Young Women’s College Preparatory Advisory Council.

Dr. Johnson was awarded the Nancy Hanks award for Professional Excellence by the largest association for museums. She has also received the Pierre and Marie Curie award for Humanities; the Ivy League Charitable Education Foundation award as one of the city of Houston’s Best Educators; and has been recognized among the Top 30 Influential Women of Houston. 

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