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Alumni Spotlight Donald (Donnie) Johnson

Fall/Winter 2013

Donnie Johnson chose TU after a long and hard recruiting process for football. “At the time,” said Donnie, “the football coaches as well as TU’s faculty and staff were great at making my parents and me feel right at home. We loved the small town feel and friendly campus in Tiffin.”

“Being a TU graduate means the world to me,” said Donnie. “I was always told that your knowledge and education can never be taken from you, so graduating from TU has given me the knowledge and education to further myself in every aspect. More importantly, graduating from TU means friendships and bonds, marriage and kids, memories, and a path to success.”

Do you have a favorite campus memory or person? “There are many memories that come to my mind, including the pillow fight between all of the dorms in 2004, the races on Jackson Street to see who was the fastest, and the memories and bonds with all my teammates from football. Also, memories that will last a life-time of my fallen teammates, BJ Passarge, Steve Coleman, Aaron Ciak, and Derrec Patrick.

Donnie works for Marathon Petroleum Company (MPC) in transport scheduling and analysis. He monitors and logistically schedules product to customers. Prior to joining MPC, Donnie was the Director of Annual Fund at TU.

“What I like the most about MPC is how much growth there is for anybody within the company. Each employee is given the tools to excel and better the company as well as themselves,” he said.

Donnie’s Life Accomplishments “At TU, the greatest accomplishments came from football, 10-1 (2006), 9-2 (2007), which is the only conference championship in football, and becoming the first college graduate in my family,” he said. “As for my job, I never like to settle, so I am always striving to do more and learn more to become better. Personally, the birth of my two kids (Donovan and Macie). I have always wanted to be a father and my wife, Sarah, and our kids have been nothing but joy within my life. I am a blessed man.”

Tell us something no one knows about you. “I am the youngest of 8 children, and was born in this world as an uncle.”

If you could make a difference in the world, what would you do and why? “I strive to make a difference in this world every day. What I have done already is give back to the communities in which I grew up and lived by speaking to the high school and junior high kids,” he explained. “In June 2014, I will be starting my own football camp in Gallipolis, Ohio to give back time and effort that was provided to me as a child growing up. My goal is to inspire kids to work hard, have faith, and be positive… all dreams can become reality.”