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November 13, 2008 :: Higher Education Chancellor Appointed to SHEEO Federal Relations Committee

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Oklahoma State System of Higher Education Chancellor Glen D. Johnson was recently appointed to the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) Federal Relations Committee.

The Federal Relations Committee is responsible for shaping SHEEO’s federal priorities and strategies and leading its communications with Congress and the next presidential administration during the transition period and over the next four years.

“I am honored to be asked to serve on the federal relations committee,” said Johnson. “I look forward to working with the rest of the members to ensure our nation’s higher education system is first-class, producing qualified graduates who are equipped to compete in a global economy.”

“While both the states and federal government are clearly challenged by current economic conditions, our long-term prosperity and national security depend, more than ever, on the knowledge and skills of the American people,” said Paul Lingenfelter, president of SHEEO. “A strong, effective partnership between the states and the federal government in higher education is essential to our future. I am grateful to each member of SHEEO who has agreed to serve on this committee.”

The committee will also pursue the implementation of the recommendations outlined in an open letter SHEEO sent to the presidential candidates this past year.

The letter urged the candidates to commit their campaigns and administrations to reestablishing and sustaining a higher education system that is second to none in its quality and productivity in order to meet a growing demand for postsecondary education in the labor market and increasing global competition for higher-wage jobs. The letter provides specific recommendations for federal policy and outlines the state responsibilities that are essential for meeting these national priorities.

SHEEO, the national association of the chief executives of statewide governing boards and coordinating boards for postsecondary education, works to assist its members and the states in developing and sustaining excellent systems of higher education.