Dean of Manship School of Mass Communication passes away



BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The Manship School of Mass Communication is confirming that Dean Martin Johnson is dead.

President Galligan and Provost Haynie released this statement:

Dear LSU Community,

It is with very heavy hearts that we write to let you know that Manship School of Mass Communication Dean Martin Johnson passed away last night.

Our entire LSU Family mourns the loss of Dean Johnson, who was a wonderful colleague, friend, father, and husband. We will be forever grateful for Dean Johnson’s countless contributions to the Manship School and LSU, and we will miss him terribly. Please keep Martin’s wife, Sherri, an LSU Department of History faculty member, and their son in your thoughts and prayers.

At this difficult time, please know that LSU counselors and members of our CARE Team are here for you if you need someone to talk to or help you process your grief.


Thomas C. Galligan, Jr.

LSU Interim President and Professor of Law

Stacia Haynie

LSU Executive Vice President & Provost

Johnson was the Dean of the Manship School since July 1, 2018.

Associate Dean Josh Grimm said, “there is so much to say, but words escape me right now. I’ll just say this: He was an incredible person, father, and a friend and confidant to so many of us. This is a loss we will feel forever.”

According to the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication, “Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree from the Manship School and is a former editor of The Daily Reveille.”

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