Jacob Johnson, the tenth president of Connors is, to date, the longest serving president with thirty-two years at the helm. Johnson was referred to as “the Dean of Junior College Presidents” because of his long years of service in Oklahoma junior colleges.
Johnson served three years as captain in the Army in the European Theatre during World War II, from 1943 to 1946. He was also awarded four Bronze Stars, the Victory Medal, and the European Theatre Ribbon.
Many of the current buildings on Connors’ Warner Campus were built or remodeled during Johnson’s long tenure. After retiring from Connors, Johnson served as a consultant of junior college programming at the University of Oklahoma from 1965-1968, and as president of Oscar Rose Junior College, now Rose State, from 1970-1972. In 1965, Jacob Johnson was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.