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New state higher ed chancellor wants to ensure collegians succeed



As the recently appointed chief executive officer for the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education, Chancellor Glen D. Johnson believes his past has prepared him for his new position.

Previously, he served as:
" president of Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant,
" director of public policy and professor at the University of Oklahoma's College of Law, and
" a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, including speaker of the House.

"I really think each one of these prepared me for what this job involves," he said.

While in office, Johnson said he wants to focus on producing more college graduates and providing students with the tools to succeed and compete not just in a regional community, but a global one.

"We need to give them written, verbal and communication skills," he said.

Johnson also wants to continue progress in closing the gap in per-student funding, as well as make sure that students are using the latest in technology.

To complete his goals, Johnson believes in three A's:
" access,
" affordability and
" accountability.

To him, college should not be a gift just for those with the ability to pay, but those with the ability to achieve. "CJ Macklin


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