The Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Fresno State will honor Richard Johanson, chairman emeritus of the Fresno Business Council and founder of Johanson Transportation Services, LLC, with the inaugural Ethical Leadership Award at a lecture and luncheon on the University campus on Wednesday, March 15.

Johanson will share his experience in stewardship from 11 to 11:45 the Kremen Education building (Room 140). He will be presented with the Ethical Leadership Award during an exclusive luncheon following the lecture.

Johanson, a Central Valley native, is known for his leadership in the business world and his devotion to public service.

“Johanson is well known as a steward-leader in Fresno. He has been an important mentor for a number of community leaders,” said Dr. Andrew Fiala, chair of the Department of Philosophy at Fresno State and ethicist-in-residence at the Lyles Center. “His example is a good one for all of us. He is a man with a strong moral compass, a sense of humility and a concern for the greater good.”

Johanson has supported Fresno State throughout his adult life, serving on the University’s Foundation Board of Governors as well as the Craig School of Business Advisory Council. He received a Doctorate of Humane Letters degree from Fresno State in 2005.

In other parts of the community, Johanson’s work has spanned nearly every level of public service. He has served on the governing boards of numerous organizations, including the Fresno Metropolitan Museum, Fresno Unified School District, Fresno Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Fresno.

“The Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s mission is supported by five pillars: education, training, networking, collaboration and ethics. We are so proud to give our first Ethical Leadership Award to Richard Johanson,” said Dr. Scott Moore, interim executive director of the Lyles Center. “His passion for public service has been evident throughout his entire life and he is a true role model of what an ethical leader should be. This is an excellent event for the Lyles Center to engage the community with a celebration of business ethics.”

Johanson’s lecture is open to the public. Those who would like to attend are asked to register at

For more information, visit or contact the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at 559.278.3735.

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