Torie A. Johnson has been involved in higher education administration for more than 14 years, working first in intercollegiate athletics and now as executive director of SECU, the academic initiative of the Southeastern Conference.
SECU was created in 2005 as the SEC Academic Consortium to promote and advance the academic endeavors and achievements of SEC universities. As executive director, Johnson leads cooperative higher education initiatives for the SEC’s member universities, as mandated by the league’s presidents and chancellors and in consult with the SEC provosts. She also manages all day-to-day SECU office operations.
Before her appointment to SECU, Johnson spent four and a half years as assistant director of SEC Championships. She worked primarily with track and field and women’s tennis, while providing support for numerous other sports. She was liaison to the student-athlete advisory and administrative awards committees, and she coordinated the SEC postgraduate scholarship program.
During a three-year stint as director of the National Letter of Intent Program, the Texas native served as national administrator for the program used to confirm a high school athlete’s intent to enroll in an NCAA institution and participate in athletics. She was responsible for rules interpretations, addressing media inquires and providing oversight for the NLI appeals process.
Prior to joining the SEC, Johnson spent nearly two years as director of media relations for the Southland Conference, where she coordinated publicity and promotions for all women’s sports and was editor of The Southland Journal, the conference’s official newsletter. Johnson earned her undergraduate degree in journalism from Baylor University and master's degree in education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.