Carl Albert State College
For Immediate Release – September 13, 2013
Chancellor Glen D. Johnson Visits Carl Albert State College
Dr. Glen D. Johnson, Chancellor of the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education, visited Carl Albert State College in Poteau on September 13. Chancellor Johnson, along with Tony Hutchison, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s Vice Chancellor for Strategic Planning, Analysis and Workforce and Economic Development, met with the CASC Regents and Administration. Following that meeting the Chancellor visited with some CASC faculty and staff members, and over one hundred CASC students who are members of the College’s Student Government Association (SGA), Scholars’ Program, and leadership class.
Chancellor Johnson shared his thoughts on the importance of the Complete College America program and the significance of the state producing more college graduates in order to meet the needs of the economy. When addressing job opportunities, he explained that statistics show that one year following graduation, 89% of students from Oklahoma institutions of higher education were employed in the state. He pointed out that it is a much better percentage than the national average. He noted other areas where the State of Oklahoma also exceeds the national trends including the costs of attending college as compared to other states. He shared that Oklahoma is the seventh most affordable state in the nation when it comes to the cost of attending college, and he also explained the student loan debt of graduates in the state is far below the national average.
The Chancellor’s keynote topic was centered on leadership. The Chancellor invited questions, and students posed questions regarding college expenses, safety, online courses, and the ability to secure jobs following graduation. In his remarks, Chancellor Johnson shared that the Honorable Carl Albert was a good friend of the Chancellor’s father, and had served as a role model in his life. Therefore he explained that it was wonderful to visit the campus carrying Carl Albert’s name.
Carl Albert State College President Garry M. Ivey introduced the Chancellor and at the conclusion reiterated the value of an education in Oklahoma, especially at Carl Albert State College where tuition and mandatory fees are the lowest in the state. President Ivey thanked Chancellor Johnson for visiting, and stated it was a true honor to have him take time to come to Carl Albert.