Webb Class of 1993 alumnus and Webb parent Jonathan Johnson
is Webb School of Knoxville’s Robert Webb Service Award winner for 2017. Webb School President Michael McBrien presented Johnson with Webb’s Robert Webb Service Award at Commencement 2017.
Johnson is co-owner of the family-operated business, A&W Office Supply, and president of School and Office Supply in Knoxville. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point where he was a two-year letterman on the Black Knights’ lacrosse team. He went on to serve five years as a Field Artillery Officer in the United States Army, including a tour in Kuwait.
Since returning home to Knoxville to help lead A&W Supply, Johnson has continued his commitment to servant-leadership. He is active with and is past president of the Farragut Rotary Club, and is a member of Nucleus Knoxville. He also served on the Industrial Development Board of the City of Knoxville, as well as the boards for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Knoxville Quarterback Club, and Knox Youth Sports. In addition, through his church, Johnson helped spearhead and lead a mission trip with his family to Kenya to benefit Child Aid Africa. Following their return to Knoxville, Johnson and his wife, Betsy, led a steering committee to raise funds for Child Aid Africa.
Johnson was named a Greater Knoxville Business Journal 40 under Forty honoree for 2014, in recognition of the positive difference he has made on the job and in the community.
President McBrien told the audience at Commencement that Johnson’s love of Webb School was evident when McBrien first met him in July 2015. “He was actually the first Webb alum that I met when I arrived in Knoxville,” McBrien recalled, “and I could tell he was a huge asset to our school and our community.” Johnson has served as assistant coach for Webb’s Spartan lacrosse team for the past 14 years, and in 2011, he was named State of Tennessee Assistant Lacrosse Coach of the Year by his in-state peers.
“In his humble approach, Jonathan also stepped up to take on a leadership role with Webb School Boy Scouts,” McBrien added, noting that since becoming Scoutmaster of Troop 757 at Webb in 2016, Johnson and other Troop leaders have increased membership from eight to 17 Scouts this past year, and that number is predicted to increase to 30 by this August.
Johnson has also dedicated his time and efforts to numerous Webb School events, ranging from Lower School Field Day to the school’s annual campus-wide, Webbfest community-building celebration.