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Oct. 6, 2014 - Higher Education Chancellor Appointed Chair of College Affordability Commission RSS feed

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Oklahoma State System of Higher Education Chancellor Glen D. Johnson was recently appointed chair of the Southern Regional Education Board’s (SREB) newly formed Commission on College Affordability. Also serving on the commission are Representative Lee Denney and Senator Jim Halligan.

As chair of the SREB’s college affordability commission, Johnson will work cooperatively with governors, legislators and state education leaders to examine existing higher education financing policies, including state appropriations, tuition and state financial aid for students, and consider how those policies can be coordinated to improve college affordability.

"I am honored to serve as chair of SREB’s Commission on College Affordability,” said Johnson. "Higher education systems in Oklahoma and other SREB member states recognize the critical importance of affordability as it relates to college access, retention and completion."

The SREB, based in Atlanta, was created in 1948 by Southern governors and legislatures to help education and government leaders work cooperatively to advance education and improve the social and economic life of the region. SREB 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. He joined the SREB in 2010 and currently serves as vice chair of the board. 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.