Gerald R. Johnson, Jr. '69

Executive Director of the Business Scholars Program
(812) 866-7364

Johnson has been a leader in the banking industry in Grand Rapids, Mich., for more than 30 years. In his most-recent role, he served as chairman of the board, chief executive officer and director of Mercantile Bank Corporation (NASDAQ:MBWM) and chairman of the board of Mercantile Bank of Michigan. Johnson, along with several associates, founded Mercantile Bank in 1997.

A 1969 Hanover graduate, Johnson also has served as a member of the College's Board of Trustees since 2004. He has been a strong advocate for the Business Scholars Program - frequently a guest speaker in its classes - and will resign his post on the board to direct the program.

Active in the Grand Rapids community, Johnson serves on numerous philanthropic boards and committees throughout West Michigan. He also is currently the chair of the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan and chairman emeritus of the Greater Michigan American Diabetes Association Board of Trustees.