Johnny O'Connor, Ph.D.



Dr. Johnny O’Connor is the interim department chair and an assistant professor with the Department of Education Leadership at Lamar University. He has been with the university since 2014. With 16 years of experience in pre-K - 12 education, Dr. O’Connor has held both teaching and executive level leadership positions: Throughout his career, Dr. O'Connor has experienced well-documented success, and has been recognized for his commitment and accomplishments in providing positive educational opportunities. His commendations include being the recipient of the YMCA Achievers Award, Ivy League Education Foundation Award, Iota  Phi Lambda – Pearl of Service Award, and TAABSE Men of Distinction Honoree. 

Dr. O’Connor’s commitment to academic excellence is evident in his training. He has studied and trained at several universities including: Harvard University-Cambridge, M.A. (urban special education), Rice University (strategic marketing), Texas Southern University (M.B.A.), Southern University (B.S./M.Ed.), Texas A&M University (Ph.D.) and University of Texas-Tyler, Texas (superintendent certificate). Dr. O’Connor has authored and published several book chapters and journal articles, and presented at numerous local, state and national conferences. He is a member of numerous professional and academic organizations.