100 BLACK MEN OF MEMPHIS 2016 GALA HONOREE: Cato Johnson
Cato Johnson: Honoree in the category of Health & Wellness
Cato Johnson has had a thriving career in public policy for more than 35 years. He has been senior vice president of corporate affairs at Methodist Healthcare since 1985.
He received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree from Memphis State University (now The University of Memphis).
Throughout his extensive career in public policy, Cato Johnson has made major accomplishments and tremendous strides for the Memphis community. He is acting Chair of the TennCare Medical Care Advisory Committee and a former member of the Governor’s original TennCare Roundtable. He was vice chair of the State Health Planning and former member of the Tennessee Hospital Association Bylaws, Diversity and Government Affairs committees; chair of the University of Memphis (Athletic Department) Community Advisory Committee; and member of The University of Memphis Athletic Advisory Board of Directors. Additionally, he is a former member of executive committees for the Memphis and Shelby County Sports Authority.
He is the past president of the University of Memphis Alumni Association and was the 2013 recipient of the University of Memphis Author S. Holmon Lifetime Achievement Award.
Cato was appointed by Governor Haslam to serve on the Tennessee State Board of Education and State Health and Wellness Committee, and is former chair of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. He currently serves on Mayor Mark Luttrell’s Advisory Council; and is a member of Dr. David Rudd’s Advisory Group. He has served on transition teams for Governors Don Sundquist and Phil Bredesen and three Mayoral transition teams for the City of Memphis and Shelby County governments. He is the former vice chair of the Needs Assessment Committee which oversees the funding of capital needs for Shelby County Schools); former chair of the Southwest Tennessee Community College Foundation Board; former chair of the MIAA Athletic Development Committee; former member of the MPACT Memphis Advisory Board; former member of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Board; and former co-chair of Mayor AC Wharton’s Advisory Council on Education.
Mr. Johnson is married to the former Georgette Alexander of Memphis. Cato and Georgette have a son, Cato III. He is a member of the Grace Celebration Lutheran Church.