Oklahoma State System of Higher Education Chancellor Glen D. Johnson was recently elected vice chair of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). This will be his third term to serve in this position. Johnson will serve alongside Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who was elected chair of the board.
Johnson currently chairs SREB’s Commission on College Affordability in the South, which will report recommendations in 2016.
As vice chair of SREB’s 80-member board, Johnson will work with governors, legislators and state education leaders to improve public education and student achievement across the region from pre-K through the postsecondary level.
“I am honored to serve again as SREB vice chair,” said Johnson. “I look forward to working collaboratively with Gov. Hutchinson and the rest of the board to help our students compete successfully in today’s global economy by building education systems that strengthen public education across the 16 member states.”
Created in 1948 by southern governors and legislatures who recognized the link between advancing education and improving economic vitality, the SREB is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that works with 16 member states to improve public education at every level, from pre-K through Ph.D. Member states are Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.
Johnson was named chancellor of the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education in January 2007 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. He was also director of public policy and adjunct professor of law at the University of Oklahoma 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.