Eastern to host Dr. Donnie Nero for Black History Month presentation


Eastern Oklahoma State College will host lifelong educator Dr. Donnie Nero for a presentation on Tuesday, Feb. 25 in honor of Black History Month.

Nero will present “Triumphs in Oklahoma African American Education” at 2 p.m. in the Johnnie Wray Theatre in Pratt Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Nero’s distinguished 38-year career in education began as a teacher for Sapulpa Public Schools in 1971 and ended in 2011 when he retired as president of Connors State College after 11 years. He was the first African American president of a non-historically black institution in Oklahoma and under his leadership, Connors experienced record student enrollment and campus renovation.

Nero is a founder of the Oklahoma Legal Issues Conference, a graduate of Leadership Tulsa Class XVIII and Oklahoma State Coordinator of the National Association Student Personnel Administrators. In addition, he is a member of the Oklahoma Global Education Consortium and founder of the Oklahoma African American Educators Hall of Fame.
A native of Spencer, Nero graduated from Dunjee High School in 1967. He earned a bachelor’s degree in education from East Central State College, now East Central University, as well as a master’s degree in educational administration and a doctoral degree in occupational and adult education from Oklahoma State University.

In 2011, Nero was inducted into the Oklahoma Educator’s Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame. At his alma mater, Nero has been named a Distinguished Alumnus and was inducted in the ECU Educators Hall of Fame.

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