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Football star to head NMSU chemical engineering

Former football star Charles L. "Charley" Johnson has returned to his alma mater to head the chemical engineering department in New Mexico State University's College of Engineering.



Charles "Charley" Johnson is the new head of chemical engineering at New Mexico State University. (NMSU photo by Meghann Dallin)

Johnson set many records as quarterback for NMSU in the 1958-60 seasons. He led the Aggies to two straight Sun Bowl victories, becoming the only player to earn Sun Bowl Most Valuable Player honors for two straight years. He was inducted into NMSU's Hall of Fame in 1970.

Johnson earned his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from NMSU in 1961. He went on to play professional football for St. Louis, Houston and Denver, while earning his master's and doctoral degrees from Washington University in St. Louis.

During that time Johnson also spent two years on active duty in the U.S. Army, assigned to NASA at Langley Research Center in Virginia. He continued his NASA research at Monsanto Chemical in St. Louis as his doctoral project.

Johnson retired from football in 1975. He helped start several firms before starting his own Johnson Compression Services in 1981. He consulted in engineering and product and corporate development through 1999.

"It is extremely rare to find a person with as many diverse talents as Dr. Charley Johnson," said Jay Jordan, dean of NMSU's engineering college. "In addition to being an outstanding athlete, he is an extraordinary engineer and administrator. We are extremely pleased that he has joined NMSU's engineering team."

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CUTLINE: Charles "Charley" Johnson is the new head of chemical engineering at New Mexico State University. (NMSU photo by Meghann Dallin)

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