Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Chancellor Glen D. Johnson was recently elected vice chair of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). Johnson will serve alongside Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who was elected chair of the board.
As vice chair of SREB’s 80-member board, Johnson will work with governors, legislators and state education leaders to pursue goals for improving public education and student achievement across the region at every level, from pre-K through postsecondary.
"I am honored to serve as vice chair of the SREB,” said Johnson. “I look forward to working with Gov. Jindal and the rest of the board to improve public education across the 16 member states and help create first-class education systems that will equip our students to compete successfully in our knowledge-based global economy.”
The SREB, based in Atlanta, was created in 1948 by Southern governors and legislatures to help leaders in education and government work cooperatively to advance education and improve the social and economic life of the region. SREB is comprised of 16 member states including 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. 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.