OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Kevin Stitt is pushing for Glen Johnson, Oklahoma’s longtime chancellor of higher education, to be replaced.

“Oklahomans hired me to put a fresh set of eyes on everything in state government,” the governor said Tuesday. “And the fact of the matter is, the chancellor has been there for 12 years — he’s been in government for over 37 years — and I just don’t think we’re performing like we should. We need a fresh set of eyes. We need fresh blood in higher ed.

“We’ve got some fantastic universities that have just been underperforming.”

The chancellor’s bosses, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, however, are sticking by Johnson, who turned 65 in April. Their chair, Jody Parker, said there is no timetable for finding a successor.

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