Oklahoma State System of Higher Education Chancellor Glen D. Johnson was recently elected to serve on the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ (AASCU) 2014 board of directors.
AASCU is a Washington-based higher education association of more than 400 public colleges, universities and systems whose members share a learning- and teaching-centered culture, a historic commitment to underserved student populations and a dedication to research and creativity that advances their regions’ economic progress and cultural development.
“I am truly honored to serve again on the AASCU board of directors,” said Johnson. “I look forward to working with the other members of the board on national issues important to higher education to ensure Oklahoma’s public higher education institutions have the necessary resources and support they need to produce prepared, successful graduates who are ready for the workforce.”
Johnson previously served on AASCU’s board of directors from 2003-06 and since that time has served on AASCU’s Financial Review Task Force, the Public Perception of Higher Education Task Force and the Nominating Committee, of which he was chairman in 2012. He also served on the State Higher Education Executive Officers Executive Committee and on the Southern Regional Education Board since 2010, serving as vice chair in 2012 and was reelected as vice chair in 2013.
Johnson was named chancellor of the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education in December 2006 following a national search. Before assuming the role of chancellor, Johnson served as the 16th president of Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant for 10 years. In 1996-97, he served as the director of public policy at the University of Oklahoma and as an adjunct professor of law at the OU College of Law. Prior to his work at OU, Johnson served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1982 to 1996 and was speaker of the House from 1990 to 1996. At the time of his election as speaker, he was the youngest sitting speaker in the United States.