Oklahoma County Commissioner Willa Johnson (Dem., District I) was awarded an honorary doctor of public administration degree during commencement ceremonies held at Oklahoma City University.
Also receiving honorary doctorate degrees were former Gov. George Nigh, Bishop James E. Dorff and Rev. Maggie Ball.
Commissioner Johnson was commended for her more than 20 years as an elected official.
She was elected to her current position after serving as the Ward 7 city councilwoman in Oklahoma City for 14 years.
Mrs. Johnson helped start the First Tee Program of Metropolitan Oklahoma City, a junior golf program, and the Battered Women’s Shelter of the Oklahoma City YWCA.
She has worked to have listed in the National Register of Historic Places the Deep Deuce District and the Edwards Addition, both of Oklahoma City
A portrait of Commissioner Johnson has been placed in a gallery at the Oklahoma History Center honoring Blacks who have made significant historic contributions.