OU Law Honors Glen Johnson

Crowe & Dunlevy attorney named to Order of the Owl

OKLAHOMA CITY – Crowe & Dunlevy attorney Glen D. Johnson, Jr., has been inducted in the Order of the Owl by the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

Johnson, a director in Crowe & Dunlevy’s Oklahoma City office, is a 1979 graduate of the OU College of Law. With his induction, he joins Crowe & Dunlevy attorneys William G. Paul, the Honorable Thomas R. Brett, Andrew M. Coats, and Judy Hamilton Morse, who were previously honored with this prestigious award in 2011, 2012, 2015, and 2017 respectively.

Order of the Owl honorees are recognized for demonstrated leadership and service through outstanding accomplishments in their legal careers. Since its inception in 2011, the Order of the Owl has inducted 33 deserving OU Law alumni. Johnson was inducted alongside three other distinguished OU Law alumni, Dwight Birdwell, Tricia Everest and Prudence Little.

“Glen Johnson’s incredible career of public service has left a mark on our state that will be felt for generations,” said OU President Joseph Harroz, Jr. “He is a shining example of an OU Law alumnus who has given back in countless ways to his state and his alma mater. His dedication has moved our state forward, and we congratulate him on his induction into the Order of the Owl Hall of Fame.”

Johnson served as chancellor of the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education from 2007 to 2021 where he led a state system of 25 state colleges and universities and 10 constituent agencies. The State Regents named him Chancellor Emeritus in September 2021. Prior to that, he served as president of Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant from 1997 to 2006. In 1996-1997, he served as director of public policy at the University of Oklahoma and as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. From 1982 to 1996 Johnson served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives and was elected speaker of the House in 1990, making him the youngest sitting speaker in the nation at that time.

Johnson graduated with honors from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in political science and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He holds a juris doctorate degree from the OU College of Law and in 2009, he received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Oklahoma City University.

He was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2006, the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame in 2016, and the Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges Hall of Fame in 2021 and has been named a Life Fellow of The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. He served on the National Board of Directors of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, is a past president of the NCAA Lone Star Conference and a member of the NCAA’s National President’s Council for Division II. In 2019, Johnson was selected by the State Higher Education Executive Officers for the Exceptional Leader Award, recognizing the outstanding Chancellor/System Head in the nation. In 2020, he received Leadership Oklahoma’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2021, he was selected by the Oklahoma Academy for its Key Contributor Award.

“Induction into the Order of the Owl is the most significant honor the OU College of Law can confer on one of its graduates,” said Andrew M. Coats, a fellow Order of the Owl member and Crowe & Dunlevy attorney. “Glen has spent his life in devotion to higher education in Oklahoma, and his service to our state has been very important and very effective. This award is truly well deserved.”


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