july 3, 2013 - Higher Education Chancellor re-Elected Vice Chair of Southern Regional Education Board
Oklahoma State System of Higher Education Chancellor Glen D. Johnson was recently re-elected to a second term as vice chair of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). Johnson will serve alongside Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, who was elected chair of the board.
As vice chair of SREB’s 80-member board, Johnson will continue working with governors, legislators and state education leaders to improve public education and increase student achievement across the region from pre-K through the postsecondary level.
“I am honored to serve again as SREB vice chair,” said Johnson. “Our students compete in an increasingly complex global economy, and I look forward to working collaboratively with Gov. Beshear and the rest of the board to help those students compete successfully by building education systems that strengthen public education across the 16 member states.”
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. 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.