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J.V. Johnston takes Newman University job and keeps ownership in Johnston's

03/14/2014 3:22 PM

06/25/2014 5:53 PM

WICHITA — J.V. Johnston is the new vice president of institutional advancement at Newman University, which means he's now the former president of Johnston's, the men's clothier at his Collective development just east of 21st and Greenwich.

"I'm leaving because I'm able to leave," says Johnston, who will remain an owner in the business.

He says he's been delegating more and more the last several years.

"One day, I came in, and I said, 'I don't have anything to do,'" he says. "I really kind of delegated myself out of a job."

He didn't have any intentions to work at Newman, though, until he felt a calling.

"It may sound squirrely," Johnston says. "I'm religious. I'm not fanatical. I never had a calling. This time I did."

Before he got that higher calling, though, Johnston heard from Bob Simpson, his friend who owns Simpson Construction Services.

Simpson told Johnston about the open position and the qualities the school was looking for in that potential employee.

"I'll get you some names," Johnston told him.

Simpson made it clear he had someone else in mind for the job.

"He leans over the table and says, 'I'm looking at him.'"

Johnston says he "really felt like someone hit me with a club over the head, and I was going to fall out of the chair."

He asked president Noreen Carrocci if she would consider him. She advised he get a resume for starters.

"I never had a resume, which is weird."

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Carrie Rengers joined The Eagle's Business team in 2002 despite her inability to even balance a checkbook. Fortunately for her, and readers, her Have You Heard? blog is about business scoops and contains lots of news but almost no math.

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