Glen Johnson Plans for Higher Ed

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1-12-07 Outgoing SOSU President Glen Johnson leaves his post after nearly a decade, and looks forward to increasing support in higher education statewide. Johnson reflected on the accomplishments of SOSU while also looking to the future, at a farewell reception Friday night.

A number of economic studies suggest more college graduates in a state increases the per capita income. Glen Johnson hopes more college grads will make their homes in Oklahoma, as the new chancellor of the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education.

During Johnson's tenure as president of SOSU, the university ranked as the top regional university three of the last six years in the US News and World Report magazine. They dedicated a $63 million student union in October through funding Johnson helped to raise.

He hopes the state legislature will budget even more for higher ed funding, Johnson said.

"Our students can compete with any student anywhere in the country if we have the same tools and same resources," Johnson said. "I'm very energized to start that discussion very soon."

Jesse Snowden was named the interim president of the university in December. The Board of Regents are forming a search committee for a permanent replacement.

Johnson will be sworn in to his new role as chancellor January 17, in Oklahoma City.