SACRAO 69th Annual Meeting
Feb 7-10, 2016   Oklahoma City, OK

Events and Speakers


February 7, 2016
3:30 - 4:15 PM First-Time Attendee Orientation and Reception

Come make new friends and hear important information from SACRAO leadership!
4:30 - 5:30 PM Opening General Session and Keynote Address

Everyone is encouraged to attend!

5:30 - 9:00 PM Reception/Super Bowl Party with Corporate Partners for all attendees

Our corporate sponsors invite all attendees to come mix and mingle. We will have the Big Game on the screens with plenty of entertainment, food, and door prizes!


February 8, 2016
6:30 - 7:15 AM SACRAO Fun Run

6:00 - 9:00 PM Dutch Treat Dinner for New Attendees (Everyone Welcome to Join!)

Stop by the First Time Attendee table, near the registration booth to meet committee members and sign up to attend this dinner. It's a great way to meet people!


February 9, 2016
6:00 - 10:00 PM The Big Event

The Tuesday Night Big Event will take place at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. The National Cowboy Western & Heritage Museum is America's premier institution of Western history, art and culture. Founded in 1955, the museum in Oklahoma City collects, preserves and exhibits an internationally renowned collection of Western art and artifacts. The Museum Store will be open for those wishing to shop.

Join us at the museum and experience a presentation by Native American dancers and artists. Indulge in our official state meal while listening to a presentation by Oklahoma's favorite son, Will Rogers. The evening will conclude with music provided by a group of university students.

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February 10, 2016
8:00 - 10:00 AM Breakfast & Plenary Speaker

Cap off the conference with a delicious breakfast. Show your spirit - wear your school colors to breakfast!


John Herrington

Sunday Night Keynote Speaker

Dr. John B. Herrington is a native of Oklahoma and a proud member of the Chickasaw Nation. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, he completed a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School.

He is a retired Naval Aviator; a test pilot with over 4,600 hours in more than 30 different types of aircraft.

In 1996, Herrington was selected by NASA to become an astronaut. He flew as a Mission Specialist on STS-113 in 2002, logging over 330 hours in space and conducting three spacewalks totaling nearly 20 hours. This historic mission was the first to honor an astronaut as the first Indigenous person in space.

Following his career in the United States Navy and NASA, Commander Herrington has been an ardent supporter of education, specifically in the Native American community. He believes in the importance of education so much that he helped found the American Indian Institute for Innovation in Rapid City, SD; a 501(C)3 non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the number of Native American students entering the STEM fields. Herrington's research on the motivation and engagement of Native American students in math and science led to his PhD in Education from the University of Idaho in December 2014.

In 2008 he pedaled more than 4,200 miles across the length of the United States speaking to Native American students and NASA Explorer Schools about the importance of motivation and mentors on their educational journey.

Dr. Herrington has been honored with numerous awards and two honorary doctorates in science, one from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and the other from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

Glen D. Johnson

Wednesday Breakfast Keynote Speaker

Dr. Glen D. Johnson is the chief executive officer for the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education. Johnson leads a state system comprised of 25 state colleges and universities, ten constituent agencies, two higher education centers and independent colleges and universities coordinated with the state system. He reports to a constitutional board whose nine members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate.

Chancellor Johnson provides leadership on matters relating to standards for Oklahoma higher education, courses and programs of study, budget allocations for institutions, fees and tuition, and strategic planning. He is responsible for an annual higher education budget in excess of $1.9 billion as well as the state endowment fund, with a market value over $661 million. He is responsible for OneNet, the stateís telecommunications network for government and education, as well as the Oklahoma College Assistance Program, which has guaranteed more than one million student loans exceeding $2.5 billion in insured debt. Johnson directs 20 statewide scholarship programs as well as other programs, including the State Regentsí Summer Academies in Math and Science program and the statewide GEAR UP efforts.

Johnson became 8th Chancellor of the Oklahoma State System in January 2007 after a national search. Before assuming the role of chancellor, Johnson served as the 16th president of Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant for ten years.

During his tenure as president at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Johnson implemented an $85 million capital campaign to build a new student union, residence halls, arena and convocation center, biological sciences building, Small Business Development Center and campus security, and a new large classroom building. He also started the Presidentís Leadership Class and the Presidentís Partners Private Fundraising Program.

In 1996-1997, Johnson served as Director of Public Policy and Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Oklahoma, College of Law. Prior to his work at the University of Oklahoma, Johnson served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1982 to 1996 and was Speaker of the House from 1990 to 1996. At the time of his election as Speaker, he was the youngest sitting Speaker in the United States.

During his term in the House, Johnson was instrumental in the passage of HB 1017, Oklahomaís landmark education reform legislation, and served as chair of the Appropriations and Budget Committee and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education. He authored Senate Bill 180 in 1988 that created the Endowed Chairs Program; and spearheaded the opportunity to use $14 million from the proceeds of the Higher Education Bond Issue for ONENET. In 1992 he was principal author of HB 2428, the $350 million Higher Education Bond Issue. He was also the principal House author of the landmark Quality Jobs Bill.

Academic Credentials and Honors
Johnson is an honors graduate of the University of Oklahoma, with an undergraduate degree in political science and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Oklahomaís College of Law. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. In 1976, he received the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity Thomas Arkle Clark Award as their outstanding undergraduate nationwide. He currently serves on the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity National Foundation Board of Directors.

Johnson holds memberships in numerous professional, state and national organizations and has been the recipient of many awards and honors during his career. In 2012 he was appointed to the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) and currently serves as vice chairman. In 2013 he was elected to serve on the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Board of Directors. In 2014 Johnson was appointed to the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) Council of Presidents.

He is also a founding member of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence in 1986. He is a member of the Oklahoma Heritage Associationís Executive Board of Directors and was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in November of 2006. He is a member of the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum Board of Trustees, and the Oklahoma State Fair Board of Directors. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Oklahoma City University in 2009 and has been named as a Life Fellow of The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation.

Johnson is the son of former United States Congressman Glen D. Johnson, Sr., and Imogene Johnson, and was born in Oklahoma City. He attended grade school in Washington, D.C. and graduated from Muskogee High School in 1972. Johnson and his wife Melinda, a teacher at Edmond Memorial High School, live in Oklahoma City.

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