McAlester Chief of Police Gary Wansick to deliver keynote address at Eastern Commencement on May 3


WILBURTON, Okla. – Eastern Oklahoma State College alumnus and McAlester Chief of Police Gary Wansick will deliver the keynote address for the 2019 Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 3 at 7 p.m. in the C.C. Dunlap Field House in Wilburton.

The event will begin with a free, celebratory picnic for graduates and their guests at 5 p.m. in the amphitheater behind the Tourtellotte Student Center. The Commencement Ceremony will be broadcast live online at www.radio.eosc.edu/watch and an archived video will be available for viewing at a later date. 

Wansick initially attended Eastern from 1978-80. He studied psychology and played tennis for the Mountaineers before transferring to the University of Oklahoma. Before he completed his degree, Wansick began working as a police officer for the Moore Police Department and discovered his true calling. He returned to the McAlester Police Department as an officer in 1981 and worked his way through the ranks as a lieutenant in the Criminal Investigation Division and a captain before being named Chief of Police in 2013. 

Wansick returned to Eastern to complete his criminal justice degree in 2000. He has lived in McAlester for 58 years. An active community volunteer, he is a McAlester Lions Club and Masonic member, and currently serves on the board of Caring Hands, a non-profit health facility. He has previously served as a board member for the American Red Cross, Fraternal Order of Police, and the First Methodist Church in McAlester. 

In 2016, Wansick was invited to the White House to be a part of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, a task force that was launched to identify the best means to provide effective collaboration between law enforcement and local communities that will reduce crime and increase trust. 

Wansick was recognized with a Distinguished Alumnus Award at Eastern’s Sapphire Ball in 2016.

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