Effective March 1, 2016, Dr. Bruce King will serve as interim executive director of the Native American Institute at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. This will be in addition to his current duties as Dean of the McCurtain County campus.
Chris Wesberry, who was named executive director of the Native American Institute last summer, is leaving the University to accept a position with the Chickasaw Nation.
Wesberry joined Southeastern in 2005 and has been instrumental in the development and success of the Native American Leadership degree and other innovative programs.
King joined Southeastern in 1998 and has been the campus dean since 2011. Prior to this appointment, he served as associate dean, academic coordinator, and advisor.
He earned two degrees from East Central University (B.A. in English and M.Ed. in secondary education). King completed his doctorate at Texas A&M University-Commerce (Ed.D.) in supervision, curriculum and instruction in higher education.
He also attended the University of Oklahoma for post-graduate studies in Native Studies, literacy and rhetoric.
His areas of interest include school leadership, student retention issues, and teacher education training, especially in minority teacher recruitment.
King is a member of The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and has also taught in the Native American Leadership master’s degree program.