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November-December 2017

Former Seminole State College Presidents Honored by OACC

Seminole State College presidents Cook, Utterback and Reynolds.

Former Seminole State College Presidents Dr. Jim Cook (left) and Dr. Jim Utterback (right) are congratulated by current SSC President Lana Reynolds (center) for their induction into the Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges (OACC) Hall of Fame.

Former Seminole State College Presidents Jim Cook and Jim Utterback were recently inducted into the Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges (OACC) Hall of Fame. The ceremony took place at Rose State College during a noon luncheon as part of the OACC Annual Conference.

Cook served as the third president of Seminole State College from 1987-96. He came to the College in 1982 and first served as vice president of student affairs for five years before assuming the role of president. Prior to SSC, he held administrative roles within higher education as director of academic and student services at East Texas State University, assistant campus director at New Mexico State University and director of student activities at Midland College in Texas.

In 1996, Cook left SSC to accept the position of executive vice president at Rose State College, where he eventually assumed the role of president – a position he held from 2000-07.

Utterback, SSC’s fourth and longest-serving president, began his tenure in 1997.The college saw increases in campus size, academics, athletics and student enrollment. After two decades as president, Utterback retired from the College in June 2017. Utterback previously served as dean of students at Dodge City Community College in Kansas and director of residence life at the University of Denver in Colorado.

After announcing his retirement from SSC, Utterback was granted president emeritus status – a role allowing him to consult with current the SSC president, represent the college and president at various events and help oversee fundraising and construction of capital projects. He now serves in a part-time capacity working in conjunction with the college and the SSC Educational Foundation to oversee annual giving and develop a planned gifts program.

OACC is an organization comprised of 13 member institutions in 31 locations throughout Oklahoma.

These two-year institutions provide a wide range of quality, accessible and affordable educational programs for high school graduates and adults of all ethnic and economic backgrounds. Oklahoma’s two-year colleges are also a powerful resource for economic and educational development providing relevant technical instruction in high-demand career fields.

OACC has a long history of working with employers to develop customized training solutions to meet current and future workforce needs.

For more information about OACC, visit the organization’s website at www.okcommunitycolleges.com.

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