The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education announced Thursday that Dr. Blake Sonobe will be the vice chancellor for academic affairs beginning Jan. 1, 2013.
Sonobe has served as the senior vice president and provost for academic and student affairs at Southwestern Oklahoma State University since 2005. He began his tenure at SWOSU in 1990, teaching in the department of chemistry. He served as chair of the chemistry department from 1997-99, and interim chair/chair of the department of chemistry and physics from 1999-2005.
“We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Sonobe to our team at the State Regents,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “His strong academic credentials, his experience on the faculty at the Air Force Academy, and his tenure as the senior academic officer at Southwestern Oklahoma State University have been excellent preparation for his new position. We are eager for him to assume his new responsibilities as we address the challenges and opportunities ahead in Oklahoma higher education.”
Sonobe has been active in the Weatherford community. He is a member of Weatherford Rotary Club, serving as president in 2000-01. He has also been a member of the Gen. Thomas P. Stafford Air and Space Museum board of directors since 2006 and served as president in 2011. Sonobe was a member of the Vision 2020 strategic planning committee for Weatherford and has been active in the Weatherford Area Chamber of Commerce.Sonobe holds a bachelor's in chemistry from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a master's in nuclear chemistry from Texas A & M University. He received his doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of California, Davis.