Distinguished politician who has dedicated himself to quality education for Oklahomans

Glen D. Johnson, Jr. is the 8th Chancellor of the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education, a state system that includes 25 universities and state colleges. Johnson assumed the position in January 2007 after having previously served as the president of Southeastern Oklahoma State University for ten years.

“The Chickasaw Nation understands that they are making an investment in higher education in Oklahoma,” Johnson said. “They understand the importance of having students go to school and graduate in Oklahoma and then stay in Oklahoma where they contribute to the quality of life and enhance our entire state … This strengthens the Chickasaw Nation and it also builds a better state.”

Dr. Johnson established his successful political career as a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1982 to 1996. He became the youngest Speaker of the House in 1990 (at age 36), and went on to be inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2006.

Dr. Johnson was born in Oklahoma City and is the son of former U.S. Congressman Glen D. Johnson, Sr. He obtained his bachelor's degree and juris doctorate from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma.

Photo credit: Distinctly Oklahoma

Accomplishments

  • Inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2006
  • Member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives (1982-1996)
  • Founding member of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence in 1986
  • Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives (1990-1996)
  • President of Southeastern Oklahoma State University (1997-2007)
  • Chancellor of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (2007-present)
  • Member of the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum Board of Trustees
  • Instrumental in the passage of HB 1017, Oklahoma’s landmark education reform legislation
  • Served as chair of the Appropriations and Budget Committee and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education
  • Authored Senate Bill 180 in 1988, which created the Endowed Chairs Program