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Portrait placed in John Massey School of Business

imageDURANT, Okla. – A special ceremony was held Friday to place the portrait of State Regent John Massey in the John Massey School of Business at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Pictured are Regent Massey, local artist Janie Umsted, who did the portrait, and Southeastern president Sean Burrage. Earlier this fall, Regent Massey was presented the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award by the Southeastern Alumni Association. The portrait was presented in conjunction with that award.

Southeastern Alumni Association to present first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award to John Massey

John MasseyDURANT, Okla. – It’s only fitting that the Southeastern Alumni Association’s first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to John Massey.

This special recognition will take place on Friday, Oct. 2, at 5:30 p.m. in the Visual & Performing Arts Center at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Also to be honored at the Southeastern Homecoming Awards Banquet are Distinguished Alumni Frank Fietz and Sue Wilson Stafford; Distinguished Former Faculty Dr. George Collier and Dr. Flavil George; and the Heritage Award recipient, the late Minnie Baker.

“Regent Massey’s career in public service, business and higher education is unparalleled in the state of Oklahoma,’’ said Southeastern president Sean Burrage.  “This is going to be a very special occasion as we gather to express our appreciation to an individual who has devoted his life to the betterment of all Oklahomans. No one has done more for Southeastern Oklahoma State University than John Massey. No one is more deserving of the Southeastern Alumni Association Lifetime Achievement Award than John Massey.’’

President Burrage and Chancellor Glen D. Johnson of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and a former Southeastern president, will be presenting the award.

Massey is chairman of the board of First United Bank and Trust, headquartered in Durant.  He serves as Vice Chairman of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, and  s in his third nine-year term as a regent, a position appointed by the governor.

“I congratulate State Regent John Massey on receiving the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award from Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Alumni Association,” said Chancellor Johnson. “Regent Massey’s professional experience, public service and knowledge of Oklahoma’s higher education system are invaluable to our board, as is his tireless advocacy on behalf of Oklahoma students. His commitment to student success and the advancement of higher education in our state make him particularly deserving of this special honor.”

Massey earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 1960 and served as Student Body President at the University. He is the only student in the history of Southeastern to receive the Outstanding Student Award for three consecutive years.

Turning to public service, Massey was elected State Representative in 1960, serving two terms. In 1964, he was elected to the State Senate, where he also served two terms.

In 1984, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Southeastern; in 2005, the School of Business was renamed the John Massey School of Business.

At his alma mater, Massey has established nine endowed chairs and four professorships.

“I am so proud of this University that I can’t really put it into words,’’ Massey said.  “Southeastern has made such a difference in my life and in the lives of so many people over the years. To be honored in this way by the Alumni Association is very special to me. It means a great deal.’’

Massey was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame in 2004.  In 2009, he was inducted into the Oklahoma City Community College Hall of Fame, and he received the prestigious Leadership Oklahoma Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.

He was presented  the Outstanding Alumni Award by Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity in 2001 and was also the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Durant Kiwanis Club in 2010.

Tickets for the Distinguished Awards Banquet are $30 per person or $350 for a table sponsorship (8).

 

For more information, go to alumni.SE.edu or call 580-745-2875.

Southeastern’s John Massey School of Business maintains prestigious AACSB Business Accreditation

DURANT, Okla. – The John Massey School of Business at Southeastern Oklahoma State University has maintained its business accreditation by AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in business and accounting. AACSB Accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education, and has been earned by less than five percent of

the world’s business programs. Today, 716 business schools in 48 countries and territories maintain AACSB Accreditation.

The John Massey School of Business at Southeastern is the only AACSB- accredited business school in a public regional university in Oklahoma and one of only five institutions in the entire state to hold this distinction.

“The AACSB Accreditation is a symbol of quality and excellence,’’ said Southeastern president Sean Burrage. “Beyond that, it speaks to the commitment of our faculty and staff in providing students with the access and tools they need to be successful in their careers. We also appreciate the vision and continued support of (Regent) John Massey to help make all of this possible.’’

“It takes a great deal of commitment and determination to earn and maintain AACSB Accreditation,” said Robert D. Reid, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. “Business schools must not only meet specific standards of excellence, but their deans, faculty, and professional staff must make a commitment to ongoing continuous improvement to ensure that the institution will continue to deliver the highest quality of education to students.”

Executive Dean for Academic Affairs Lucretia C. Scoufos said maintaining the standards set forth by AACSB requires a team effort.

“In addition to the support of Regent Massey, we gratefully acknowledge the encouragement of President Burrage and Vice President (for Academic Affairs Doug) McMillan,’’ Scoufos said. “Most of all, we are proud of the faculty, staff and students of the John Massey School of Business, whose hard work and dedication to excellence are recognized in this achievement.”

 

New textbook dedicated to Regent John Massey

Regent John Massey, second from left, holds the textbook as he’s joined by Dr. Lucretia Scoufos, Dean of Instruction, Dr. Kitty Campbell, and Dr. C.W. Von Bergen, professors.

DURANT, Okla. – Students enrolled in a business management course at Southeastern Oklahoma State University are using a new textbook this semester – a textbook with a cover that features a photograph of the namesake of the John Massey School of Business.

The photo, taken by University photographer Dan Hoke, shows Regent Massey standing outside the Russell Building, which houses the John Massey School of Business.

“Management and Organizational Behavior” is the title of the course (MNGT 3113) and the textbook, which is designed as an introductory text to the management curriculum at the school. It also includes a one-page preface that dedicates the book to Regent Massey.

A group of business faculty members, including Dr. C.W. Von Bergen (John Massey Endowed Chair in Management), Dr. Kitty Campbell (Interim Chair of Management & Marketing), and Dr. Jane Licata (recently retired), came up with the idea for the project.

“We worked with the publisher (McGraw-Hill) to design a customized textbook to specifically meet the needs of Southeastern students,” Von Bergen said. “At the same time, we thought it would provide a great opportunity for the business faculty to recognize Regent Massey for his support of Southeastern and higher education.”

Massey has been a tireless advocate for higher education, and is currently serving his third nine-year term as a member of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

“I’m very grateful for this honor and I’m excited about Southeastern’s School of Business,” Massey said. “I’m truly optimistic about the future and proud of the quality of education young people can get at Southeastern.”

Massey earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 1960. In 1984, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Southeastern; in 2005, the School of Business was named the John Massey School of Business. At his alma mater, Massey has established seven endowed chairs and four professorships.

The John Massey School of Business holds both The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) accreditation and The Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) accreditation.