FILE - In this June 30, 2016 file photo, Glen D. Johnson, chancellor, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, gestures as he speaks during a meeting in Oklahoma City. Johnson, a former Democratic speaker of the House who led the state’s higher education system for the past 12 years, is announcing plans to retire next year. Johnson said in a press release on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, that he would retire at the end of 2020. Oklahoma’s new Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt had been critical of Johnson and called for his ouster, although the decision to retain the chancellor lies with the State Regents for Higher Education. (Sue Ogrocki, File/Associated Press)

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Chancellor Glen Johnson, a former Democratic speaker of the Oklahoma House who led the state’s higher education system for the past 12 years, says he plans to retire at the end of next year.

Johnson made the announcement Friday in a news release.

Oklahoma’s new Republican governor, Kevin Stitt, has been critical of Johnson and called for his ouster, although the decision to retain the chancellor lies with the State Regents for Higher Education. Nearly all nine member of the panel were appointed by Stitt’s predecessor.

The panel’s chair, Jody Parker, said in a statement Friday that the regents are pleased with Johnson’s leadership and are not seeking a change.

Johnson served in the Oklahoma House for 14 years, the last six as speaker.

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