SSC Hosts Higher Education Briefing

Staff Writer
The Shawnee News-Star
Seminole State College administrators, Regents, Foundation Trustees, local community leaders, legislators and students show their support for the College at the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education's Southeast Region Legislative Briefing at Pete's Place in Krebs on Jan. 15.

Seminole State College hosted area colleges at the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s Southeast Oklahoma Legislative Briefing at Pete’s Place in Krebs on Jan. 15. SSC attended the event with a delegation of 24 representatives.

Dr. Glen D. Johnson, Chancellor of the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education, met with the group of area legislators and friends of higher education to discuss the importance of higher education in improving the economy and business climate of the state.

Chancellor Johnson explained the importance of STEM degrees and certificates to meet growing workforce needs and discussed concurrent enrollment and the positive impact it has for students who get an early start in college. He also gave an update on the 2021 budget needs for higher education.

Those representing Seminole State College at the event were SSC President Lana Reynolds, Director of SSC Rural Business and Resources Center Larry Smith, SSC Foundation Advancement Coordinator Kelsie Guy; SSC Regent Kim Hyden; Foundation Trustees Mark Schell, Lance Wortham, Jim Hardin, Jeramy Rich, Andy Tucker, David Wilson and Suzanne Gilbert; Seminole City Manager Steve Saxon; Seminole Chamber Executive Director Amy Britt; SSC Consultant Karel Brewster; St. Crispin’s Lodge Director Joanne Kovac-Roberts; SSC students Tijah Johnson of Shawnee, Kelsey Edminsten of Okemah and Cale Ashcraft of Seminole; Senator Roger Thompson and Representatives Danny Sterling, Zack Taylor, Dell Kerbs, and Logan Phillips.