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May-June-July 2016

Dr. Tim Faltyn Selected as Next President of Oklahoma Panhandle State University

The A&M board of regents selected Dr. Tim Faltyn to be the next president of Oklahoma Panhandle State University in a special meeting. He will serve as OPSU’s 15th president. Faltyn is currently the President of Connors State College and has served the A&M system in a variety of positions for 20 years.

The regents voted unanimously to select Faltyn as the next leader for OPSU. He replaces outgoing university president Dr. David A. Bryant, who retired after 13 years at the helm of the university.

“Dr. Faltyn has exhibited outstanding leadership in his two decades of administrative service to institutions governed by our board. We are excited to have him as the next leader of OPSU,” said Joe Hall, chairman of the A&M board. “His success in increasing graduation rates, seeking academic distinction, extending scholarship opportunities, attracting students of diversity, and embracing new teaching and learning technologies makes him a superb choice to lead OPSU. We are confident that he and his family are going to be a great fit.”

The appointment follows a five-month search by an 18-member presidential search committee comprised of key OPSU constituents. The search committee unanimously recommended Faltyn for consideration by the board of regents.

A&M Regent Doug Burns, chair of the OPSU presidential search committee, shared his thoughts on the search process, “We were quite pleased with the quality of candidates interested in this position. From a national pool of applicants, Tim’s proven track record and enthusiasm for OPSU quickly took him to the top of our list.”

“I am committed to creating a collaborative vision for OPSU that builds on the university’s current success. Such a vision not only benefits every student, faculty and staff member but also serves the larger community through economic development by preparing an educated workforce,” said Faltyn. “My wife, Kelly, and I represent four generations of farming and ranching families from small communities very similar to Guymon and Goodwell. We are thrilled by this opportunity to live, work and raise our young son in the Oklahoma Panhandle.”

Before becoming president of Connors State College, Faltyn was the vice president of academic affairs for Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami. In addition, he served in a number of administrative positions at OSU-OKC including assistant vice president of academic affairs, division head of arts and sciences and department head of social sciences. He earned his Doctor of Education from Oklahoma State University, after attaining a Master of Education and his Bachelor of Arts in public service at the University of Central Oklahoma.

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