Harry Johns Receives Kaskaskia College Distinguished Alumnus Award

May 30, 2019


Harry Johns

Pictured are Harry Johns and Travis Henson, Director of Marketing for Kaskaskia College.

Kaskaskia College is proud to announce that Harry Johns of Chicago has been named the Kaskaskia College 2019 Distinguished Alumnus.

Few Kaskaskia College graduates better demonstrate KC’s core values of Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, Compassion, and Fairness than Harry Johns.  Harry is the President and CEO of the Alzheimer's Association, the global leader in Alzheimer's advocacy, research, and support.

Harry received his Associate in Arts Degree from KC in 1981.  While at KC, he served as a Student Trustee, President of the Student Association and was a member of the College’s Film Society and Phi Theta Kappa.  He completed his educational experience by graduating from Eckerd College and the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Business.

Harry served as a member of the executive team of the American Cancer Society and then in 2005, became President and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association.  Since his arrival with the Alzheimer’s Association he has built significant momentum for the cause through a number of innovative tactics including the first nationwide campaign to increase understanding and awareness about the disease.  He also added an emphasis on accelerated progress through the promotion of clinical studies and developed a campaign to enhance early detection.  He developed an advanced online information and tools to support individuals with the disease and their caregivers, focused on public policy and advocacy, and targeted high-impact research in detection, treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s. 

Harry is currently serving a two-year term as the chair of the World Dementia Council.  He also serves as president and CEO of the Alzheimer's Impact Movement (AIM), the advocacy arm of the Alzheimer’s Association.  In 2018, he was named to The Nonprofit Times’ Power & Influence Top 50, a list that recognizes nonprofit executives for their innovation and leadership.

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