Related content Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt calling for higher education chancellor to be replaced Oklahoma’s top higher education official has announced his retirement, weeks after the governor said he wanted the chancellor gone. Glen D. Johnson announced Friday afternoon his intention to retire as chancellor of the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education. His retirement would be effective in December 2020. Johnson has spent 12 years as chancellor and been in government for 37 years. He formerly served as Speaker of the House in the Oklahoma Legislature and president of Southeastern Oklahoma State University. “I can’t think of a more fulfilling career than being a public servant,” Johnson said in a news release. “While there remains more than a year before I leave this position, I honestly can say it is a great privilege and honor to serve as Chancellor and work on behalf of the students, faculty, and staff across this great state.” Johnson was the subject of recent criticism from Gov. Kevin Stitt. The governor requested Johnson’s retirement this summer before publicly calling for his replacement. Stitt chided Johnson for making a $400,000 salary while Oklahoma colleges and universities are “underperforming.” However, the governor thanked Johnson for his public service as the chancellor announced his retirement.