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February 2016

Oklahoma Panhandle State University President Announces Retirement

After serving 13 years as president of Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Dr. David A. Bryant announced his plans to retire at the end of the spring 2016 semester.

“I thoroughly enjoy working with the faculty, students, staff and fellow administrators at Oklahoma Panhandle State University. This University has become a very special place to me. It is a privilege and honor to serve as president. Over the years, I have worked with a number of dedicated faculty members and wonderful students who recognize, as I do, the importance of having a fine public university located in the panhandle of Oklahoma. Together we have accomplished a lot, and we have put this university on firm footing for the future,” said Bryant.

He continued, “On a personal level, I am very grateful for the enthusiastic support of the community and the A&M board of regents. I am encouraged and inspired by the commitment of the regents to support initiatives aimed at building a stronger and better university for the benefit of this part of our state.”

During Bryant’s tenure, the university has focused on attracting and retaining first generation college students. The establishment of the university’s first ever Hispanic Students Services Program has spurred consistent increases in enrollment of hispanic students adding to greater diversity. The university has also attracted record private donations.

Over the past decade the campus has added a new student residential apartment development and the Science and Agriculture Building. In addition, a campuswide electrical upgrade, revamped heating and cooling systems and building renovations have enhanced the living and working environment on campus for students and university employees.

“Dr. Bryant has done an exceptional job leading Oklahoma Panhandle State University. We are pleased he will continue his leadership through the spring semester and we look forward to working with him as we transition to a new president,” said Joe D. Hall, chair of the A&M board of regents. “On behalf of the entire board of regents, I want to thank David for his solid direction and considerable contributions over the past 13 years. There is no question Dr. Bryant has been integral to the growth and success of Oklahoma Panhandle State University, and he leaves the University in a vastly better position than when he started. We wish him and his wife, Diane, only the best in their retirement. He will be missed.”

The A&M regents will begin an extensive search for a new president in the spring 2016.

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