Several accomplishments led to Johnny Nhan, associate dean of graduate studies and
professor of criminal justice, being named a winner of the 2020 Michael R. Ferrari Award for Distinguished University
Service and Leadership.
His impact stretches well beyond his TCU classroom. He worked with the Fort Worth
police chief to launch a nonprofit to provide mentorship and scholarship opportunities
to local underserved youth. He established the TCU Leadership, Executive and Administrative
Development certificate program for law enforcement supervisors in DFW. And he launched
TCU’s online graduate criminal justice program, which is currently ranked sixth in the nation.
“This ranking is attributed to Johnny’s leadership of the program — his diligence,
tenacity and hard work,” said Chancellor Victor J. Boschini, Jr. when announcing Nhan
as a Ferrari Award winner.
This award was established by the TCU Board of Trustees to honor the former chancellor
and recognize the extraordinary situational leadership accomplishments above job or
position expectations of a faculty or staff member.
“Johnny co-created the nonprofit Operation Progress with the current chief of Fort
Worth Police Department,” wrote one of Nhan’s nominators. “This nonprofit empowers
underserved youth to become educated, ethical and productive adults. TCU has partnered
with this nonprofit to provide scholarships to some of these youth.”
In addition, the nominator noted, Nhan’s LEAD certificate program offers leadership
training to rising North Texas law enforcement officials — and has produced several
of the area’s police chiefs.
“To me, it’s important to reach out to the community and make sure that our research
is not just in some journal or some book that’s filed away at some library but really
make an impact in the community and make an impact in people’s lives,” Nhan said.