(ISSSSC) San Jose State University’s Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change is pleased to announce that NCAA champion fencer and U.S. Olympic Committee Board member Stacey Johnson, ’80 Public Relations, has joined its advisory board. The first woman to hold a four-year term as president of U.S.A. Fencing’s National Governing Board (2000-2004) in the organization’s 125-year history, Johnson was a four-time All-American athlete during her years at San Jose State (1976-1979), and holds the collegiate record for team win/losses, 305-1.
Johnson led an international campaign to bring equity to women in her sport and achieved this when women were allowed to compete in the same events as men in the Athens Olympic Games in 2004, where U.S. women saber fencers won gold and bronze Olympic medals.
Inducted into the San Jose State Sports Hall of Fame in 2003, Johnson is also an NCAA Silver Anniversary award winner (2004) and an Academic All-America Hall of Famer (2017). President of Valencia College’s East and Winter Park campuses in Florida, Johnson also serves as chair of the International Fencing Federation (FIE) International Commission for Women in her sport. Johnson received a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin.
San Jose State considers the sociology of sport to be an emerging and prominent pillar in the field of social sciences, and established ISSSSC to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration, analysis and education to advance knowledge of the intersection of sport, society and social justice. The institute amplifies the influential power that sports and athletes have on our national and global cultures.