Sally M. Johnstone is the president of National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS). Before joining NCHEMS, she served as vice president at the Western Governors University, a provost at a public comprehensive university, as the founding director of WCET at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), an assistant dean, and as a faculty member. She also serves as the executive director of the Foundation for Student Success, a commissioner on the U.S. United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Commission, and on the editorial boards for Change magazine (USA) and the Journal of Open Learning (UK). She is the founding editor of the new Journal of Competency-Based Education. Johnstone continues to work on issues of higher education policy, quality assurance, competency-based education, and open and distance learning. She has written dozens of articles, books, and reports on issues of integrating effective new practices into academics. She has managed workshops, served on study groups, and given speeches throughout North America, Europe, and the Pacific Rim.
Johnstone earned her PhD in experimental psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and MS and BS in psychology from Virginia Tech.