Marcus Johnson – Assistant Director of Admission

arcus4Marcus Johnson joined the Office of Admission in 2013. Born in Presidio, CA, he considers South Carolina to be his home, as the majority of his family lives in the state. Marcus’ educational path has taken him across the country: He received his bachelor’s degree in Classics from Baylor University and holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and an M.A. in Educational Leadership (Higher Education and Student Affairs) from Western Michigan University (WMU). At WMU, he taught first year writing courses and served as the Steward and the Communications Director for the Part-Time Instructors Organization.  Marcus also served in the National Guard for over ten years, concluding with a deployment to Iraq in 2007 – 2008.  Marcus is a member of the Michigan Association for College Admission Counseling (MACAC). He has two cats and loves cooking.

Hometown:  Presidio, CA (now a park and former military base on the northern tip of San Francisco)

Favorite food: Homemade bread.

When you visit Kalamazoo, you must… have lunch at Studio Grille (if there’s a wait, walk next door to the local bookstore).

Favorite question from a prospective student: What is your minimum score on the ACT or SAT? This gives me the chance to talk about our test optional policy.

Favorite college memory: The dingy orange couch in the Classics department lounge at Baylor University where I would study, eat lunch, nap, etc.

Advice for prospective students: When writing your essay, trust that your life experience is sufficiently interesting. Don’t feel compelled to use famous quotes, insert life lessons or advice for your reader, write in iambic pentameter, etc. Just tell your story.