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Southeastern Oklahoma State University

Southeastern Oklahoma State University, often referred to as Southeastern and abbreviated as SE, or SOSU, is a public university located in Durant, Oklahoma, with an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 5,237 as of 2013.



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On March 6, 1909, the Second Oklahoma State Legislature approved an act designating Durant as the location for a normal school to serve the following 12-county region: Atoka, Bryan, Carter, Choctaw, Latimer, LeFlore, Love, Marshall, McCurtain, McIntosh, Pittsburg, and Pushmataha. Southeastern Oklahoma State University first opened its doors to students on June 14, 1909, as Southeastern State Normal School. The early program of instruction consisted of four years of high school and the freshman and sophomore college years. The first sessions of the school were held in temporary quarters pending completion of Morrison Hall in January, 1911, long known as the Administration Building. The original purpose of Southeastern was the education of teachers for the public schools of Oklahoma. The two-year graduates were awarded life teaching certificates. In 1921, the institution became a four-year college and was renamed Southeastern State Teachers College. Construction on the college's library, now the Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library, was completed in 1928. The primary function remained that of teacher education and the degrees of Bachelor of Arts in Education and Bachelor of Science in Education were authorized. The purpose of the college was expanded in 1939. Courses leading to two newly authorized non-education degrees - Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science - were added. At this time, the college was renamed Southeastern State College. In 1954, the curriculum was enlarged by the addition of a graduate program leading to the Master of Teaching degree. In 1969, the name of the degree was changed to Master of Education. Bennett Memorial Library. On May 27, 1968, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education designated Southeastern as an Area Community College. While retaining previous functions, the college moved in the direction of providing greater post-secondary educational opportunities by expanding its curriculum to include new programs in areas such as business, technology, aviation, and conservation. In 1971, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education requested that the state supported institutions of higher education review and evaluate their functions as members of the State System of Higher Education. Upon completion of the review, a comprehensive �Plan for the Seventies� was prepared by each institution and submitted to the Regents. On June 1, 1972, Southeastern submitted its plan to the Regents which was, subsequently, approved on March 29, 1973. The Master of Education degree was changed to the Master of Behavioral Studies and, subsequently, the University was approved to offer a graduate program in business which culminated in the degree of Master of Administrative Studies. Four options of the Master of Behavioral Studies degree were renamed Master of Education in August, 1979. The Master of Administrative Studies degree was revised and renamed Master of Business Administration in August, 1996. On August 15, 1974, the name of Southeastern State College was changed to Southeastern Oklahoma State University by an act of the Oklahoma State Legislature. Since 1974, Southeastern, through institutional reorganizations, has continued to diversify, so that, presently, there are three academic schools: Arts and Sciences, Business, and Education and Behavioral Science. SOSU viewed from First Avenue. After the long 20 year tenure of President Leon Hibbs, Dr. Larry Williams served ten years as Southeastern's President. Dr. Glen D. Johnson served Southeastern for 9 years then in 2007 assumed the duties of Chancellor of the Oklahoma State System for Higher Education. Dr. Jesse Snowden succeeded Johnson as interim president. Dr. Michael Turner was selected as SE president in 2008 and inaugurated in January 2009. He announced his resignation June 2009, and Regents named Dr. Larry Minks as interim president.

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Southeastern Oklahoma State University provides an environment of academic excellence that enables students to reach their highest potential. By having personal access to excellent teaching, challenging academic programs, and extracurricular experiences, students will develop skills and habits that promote values for career preparation, responsible citizenship, and lifelong learning.



Bill Anoatubby, Governor of the Chickasaw Nation since 1987 Brett Butler, major league baseball player Daren Brown, major league baseball coach in the Seattle Mariners organization John Carey (1992), State Representative E. T. Dunlap, Former Chancellor, Oklahoma State System of Higher Education Ira Clarence Eaker, Lt General US Army, US Army Air Force Raymond Gary, (1932) Governor of Oklahoma Jay Paul Gumm (1985), State Senator Overton James (1956, 1965), former Governor of the Chickasaw Nation 1963-1987 Terry Matlock (1984), former State Representative, Oklahoma; current Regent with Regional University System of Oklahoma (RUSO) Reba McEntire, country music singer and actress Kirby Minter, member of the 1950 US FIBA World championship basketball team Gregory E. Pyle, Chief of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Crystal Robinson, professional basketball player Dennis Rodman, celebrity, and Hall of Fame basketball player Jerry Shipp, captain and leading scorer of the 1964 Gold Medal Olympic men's basketball team Pete Spratt, professional mixed martial arts fighter Jordan Rush, businessman, CBS Joe Wiley, university president, Freed-Hardeman University, former president of Rogers State University Randall Burks, former Chicago Bears wide receiver Dr. David Whitlock 15th president of Oklahoma Baptist University Manoj Manchu Telugu Cinema Actor from Andhra Pradesh, India



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