Southeastern News

Michele Campbell named OKSBDC state director

Michele Campbell

Michele Campbell

DURANT, Okla. – Michele Campbell has been named State Director for the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center (OKSBDC).  OKSBDC is a statewide network that provides confidential, high quality, no cost entrepreneurial and small business management advising in order to help Oklahoma start and grow businesses.

The host for the OKSBDC state network is located in Durant, Oklahoma, at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.  Southeastern has hosted the OKSBDC grant since 1984.  The OKSBDC partners with a variety of entities, including the Small Business Administration, higher education institutions, career technology centers, and economic development entities.

Campbell brings a wealth of experience to her new role as director, including a four-year stint as Assistant State Director for Communications, Research, and Organizational Development for the OKSBDC network. In this position, she was responsible for strategic partnerships with various entities across the State, advisory board and legislative liaison activities, marketing, branding, and media programs, and the organizational development activities for OKSBDC.

Prior to that appointment, she had served in various education roles at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, including counselor and later Director for 17 years in the U.S. Department of Education TRIO programs, Continuing Education Director for the University, and Assistant to President.

Campbell is a Leadership Oklahoma (LOK) graduate (Class XXIII) and lifetime LOK member.  Since graduation from the program, she has been very active with the LOK Board and held various committee appointments, including the Executive Board, Board of Directors, Recruitment, Regional Ambassadors, Class Ambassador, Nominating, Youth Chair-Elect, and Fall Forum.  She has chaired the Selection and the Program Committees as well.  She is also a regional co-chair for the Oklahoma Academy.

She has attended numerous programs and leadership academies, including four Harvard programs, crisis leadership trainings, the Balridge Examiner National Standards program, Edward Lowe Foundation Business Leaders’ Roundtable, economic development courses, and the Oklahoma Nature Conservancy’s Leadership Academy.

Campbell is a member of the Fortnightly Women’s Club of Durant, Chapter DJ of PEO, and First Baptist Church.

She is a licensed professional counselor and national board certified as a counselor as well.  Campbell is a graduate of Leadership Durant and the Educator’s Leadership Academy.  She has also coordinated several leadership programs both within the State and regionally during her time in TRIO.

Campbell has been nominated several times for the Journal Record’s Woman of the Year and has been recognized as one of 50 Oklahoma Women Making a Difference in 2013, 2016 and 2017.   She entered the Journal Record’s Circle of Excellence for Woman of the Year in 2017 as well.  In September, she received the Distinguished Leadership Award at Leadership Oklahoma’s 2017 All Class Reunion event at Shangri-La.

In June of 2017, she was selected by the Healdton Alumni Association for the Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Campbell is a 1984 Healdton High School graduate and holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Southeastern Oklahoma State University.  She has completed post-graduate work in higher education administration at the University of Oklahoma and is currently completing a Ph.D. in history from Swansea University in Wales on the topic of the Modern Business History of the Chickasaw Nation.  She has presented on her work both in the UK as well as within the State.

She is the mother of three children, including Cole, who will graduate from Oklahoma State University next month, and Jade and Shaya, who will both graduate from Durant High School in May.



Liz McCraw named Vice President for Student Affairs at Southeastern

Liz McCraw

Liz McCraw

DURANT, Okla. –Liz Cobb McCraw has been named Vice President for Student Affairs at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, effective February 1.

The appointment was approved at the Friday meeting of the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents.

McCraw, an Ardmore native, has served in various roles in Student Life at the University for 26 years, the past two-and-a-half as Dean of Student Affairs. In addition, McCraw received her Bachelor’s in Business Administration and her Master’s in Administrative Studies from Southeastern.

“Liz McCraw’s commitment and dedication to the welfare of our students is unwavering,’’ said Southeastern president Sean Burrage. “As in the past, she will continue to serve students, while overseeing such areas as residence life, student wellness, student activities, federal programs, and the President’s Leadership Class. She is also very active in the Durant community, which is an important component of the University’s outreach efforts.’’

McCraw is involved in several community organizations and initiatives, including the Durant Family Medicine Board of Directors, the Durant Main Street Board of Directors and the Planning Committee for Colton’s Main Street Run.  She is a member of the G.F.W.C Fortnightly Club of Durant and Chapter DJ of the P.E.O. Sisterhood.

Previously, McCraw served on the boards of the Oklahoma Shakespearan Festival, the Miss Southeastern Oklahoma Scholarship Pageant, and was a founding member of the Magnolia Festival of Durant.

McCraw is a graduate of Leadership Durant and the Educator’s Leadership Academy, as well as the Institute for Educational Management and the Institute of Management and Leadership in Education (Harvard Graduate School of Education.)

In 2017, she was named one of 50 Women Making a Difference in Oklahoma by The Journal Record.

She and her husband, Dr. Shannon K. McCraw, a Southeastern professor,  are the parents of a daughter, Catie, a student at Durant High School.