Eastern president named chair of Council of Presidents


Eastern President Dr. Stephen E. Smith
WILBURTON, OK (August 26, 2013) – Eastern Oklahoma State College President Dr. Stephen E. Smith has been named the chair of the Council of Presidents for the 2013-2014 academic year.

The Council of Presidents serves as an advisory group to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE). The council is made up of presidents from each college and university in the state system.

"I am honored that the college and university presidents have selected me to lead the Council this year,” Smith said. “We have a tremendous group of higher education leaders in Oklahoma that I deeply respect. It is our goal as a Council to continue looking at ways to improve our state system."

The council’s goals are to promote and encourage harmonious and productive working relationships among state institutions and foster an economic, social and political climate favorable to the development of the state higher education system. The group also promotes public understanding of the significance of higher education to the quality life in Oklahoma.

In addition, council members discuss issues confronting Oklahoma higher education and develop a coordinated approach to identifying solutions to common problems.

Smith recently completed his term as chair of the Council of Two-Year Presidents and board member for the Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges. He currently serves on the College Board’s national Community College Advisory Panel and the OSRHE Campus Safety and Security Task Force.

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