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Southeastern to recognize three Distinguished Former Faculty members at Homecoming

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will honor three Distinguished Former Faculty members during Homecoming activities Oct. 24-25.

The Distinguished Awards Banquet will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24, in the Visual & Performing Arts Center.

This year’s honorees are Dr. Pat Dunham, Dr. Phil Dunham, and Dr. Robert Oliver.

Pat DunhamDr. Pat Dunham joined the Southeastern faculty in 1980 as an instructor in Elementary Education. While at Southeastern, she founded a student chapter of the Education Association, which was recognized as the outstanding chapter in Oklahoma. She also created and taught a master’s degree curriculum in Gifted Education that was added to Southeastern’s degree offerings.

Dunham was a recipient of the Burlington Northern Faculty Award in 1989. She was named Professor Emeritus in 1998, when she retired.

A graduate of  Tonkawa (Oklahoma) High School, she earned an associate’s degree from Northern Oklahoma Junior College and her bachelor’s degree from Phillips University.

Dunham taught kindergarten in Yuba and Bokchito while earning her master’s degree at Southeastern.  She received her doctorate from East Texas State University in 1984. 

Phil DunhamDr. Phil Dunham  accepted a grant to work with the Teachers Teaching Teachers (Triple T) program at Southeastern in 1969.  He then taught at Phillips University from 1970-71, only to return to Southeastern as Professor of School Administration/Psychology in 1971.  Shortly thereafter, he was accepted as a member of MENSA.

At Southeastern, Dunham  served as Director of the School Administration Program, coached the golf team, served on several North Central Accreditation Evaluation teams, presented at a National Teaching Conference in Des Moines, Iowa, and was one of 12 individuals selected by the governor to serve on the Blue Ribbon Committee on Education for the State of Oklahoma.

Dunham was named Professor Emeritus when he retired in 1989.

He grew up in northern Oklahoma, attended Northern Oklahoma Junior College, spent two years with the U.S. Medical Corps, and earned his bachelor’s degree from Central (Oklahoma) State College. Dunham  earned his master’s degree and doctorate at Oklahoma State University.


Oliver picDr. Robert Oliver served Southeastern in a number of capacities from 1984-2000. He began his career at Southeastern as Director of the Kerr Industrial Applications Center, a NASA Center operated by the University for the transfer of space technology to Business and Industry.

He also taught management and accounting at Southeastern, chaired the Business Administration and Management Department, chaired the Accounting Department, and directed the Master’s Program in Business.

Oliver grew up in southern Oklahoma near Ardmore and graduated from Springer High School. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Oklahoma State University, he earned his Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees at Colorado State University.

He furthered his education with an accounting degree from Southeastern and completed graduate work in accounting at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Prior to Southeastern, Oliver worked at IBM and managed a number of software development and payload analysis projects in support of the NASA Space Program.

He retired in 2000 and was named Professor Emeritus.