Johnson fills school board vacancy
Governor Rick Scott announced Dec. 4 the appointment of Russell Johnson to the Nassau County School Board.
Johnson fills a vacancy created by the resignation of Dr. Kimberly Fahlgren, who represented District 4. Fahlgren resigned Aug. 1, and her position remained vacant since then. Johnson ran against Fahlgren for the school board position in 2012.
Johnson, 64, of Hilliard, graduated from West Nassau High School in 1972 and was active in vocational agriculture and Future Farmers of America. Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and public administration from the University of North Florida in 1976.
The new school board member retired in 2012 from the United States Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, after 34 years of service as a state conservation specialist. He is employed currently by the Florida Department of Transportation as a weight inspector and is a self-employed livestock rancher of cattle operations.
Johnson is married to Nancy Carroll Johnson, a retired educator with 35 years experience with the Nassau County School District. The Johnsons have two sons, Kyle Wood Johnson and Jacob Johnson, a daughter-in-law, Leah Johnson and a granddaughter, Kaylin.
Johnson was sworn into office at his first school board meeting Dec. 13.