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.

Favorite college memory:  “My first study abroad program was as a graduate student, when I participated in the Prague Summer Program in the Czech Republic.  I remember standing in front of the multi-colored Lennon Wall and taking picture after picture to try and get the whole thing in frame. I ended up with about twenty photos.”

What makes Kalamazoo College Zoonique? “K intentionally creates a family environment. Everything, from the language that we use, to the way that we design buildings, to program activities, is designed to create a college community where students, faculty, and staff become a tightly-knit community.”

Advice for prospective students: “Be curious, and be proactive. There are scores of opportunities available here at K, but you have to be willing to explore, to try new things, and see what works best for you. A sense of curiosity: that’s the difference between a successful, well-rounded K student and everyone else.”