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Grayson College president Jeremy McMillen recipient of 11th E.T. Dunlap Medal

President Jeremy McMillen

President Jeremy McMillen

DURANT, Okla. – Grayson College president Jeremy P. McMillen is the 2018 recipient of the E.T. Dunlap Medal, an award that is presented to a distinguished scholar or outstanding public official.

Dr. McMillen will present the 11th E.T. Dunlap Lecture on Higher Education and Public Policy on April 17 at 11 a.m. in the Hallie McKinney Ballroom on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The Dunlap Medal and Lectureship Program was established in 1989 by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education as a legacy to Dr. E.T. Dunlap, long-time chancellor (1961-82) of education in Oklahoma. At the time the lecture was established, Southeastern was designated as the host institution by the Regents.

Among the previous recipients of the prestigious Dunlap Medal are David Boren, Carl Albert, and current Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, a former president of Southeastern. Chancellor Johnson is expected to attend this year’s lecture.

“President McMillen is very deserving of the E.T. Dunlap award,’’ said Southeastern president Sean Burrage.  “He is a dynamic leader who is making a huge impact throughout the entire Texomaland region. Most importantly, he is a tireless advocate for students as he continues to successfully implement innovative ideas in the rapidly changing world of higher education. Since Grayson was founded in 1965, it has been a great partner to Southeastern — and from day one in 2012 when he was named president, Dr. McMillen has embraced this history. Working together, two institutions can accomplish a great deal by practicing the philosophy of doing what’s best for students, and that’s what we do as partners.’’

Despite being located in different states – Grayson’s campuses are in Denison and Van Alstyne, Texas,  and Southeastern has six sites in Oklahoma — the two neighbors have teamed up to serve students in unique ways.
Guided by then-Presidents Johnson and Dr. Alan Scheibmeir — Southeastern and Grayson received formal approval from various state and national governing boards to offer the Elementary Education degree at Grayson College beginning in the fall of 2005.

Since that time, Southeastern has continued to expand programs and courses (business, criminal justice, occupational safety & health, psychology, etc., and selected graduate programs) at Grayson. Course delivery methods include traditional face-to-face, online, and instructional television.

The two schools are continuing to explore the potential for an expanded partnership in the future.

Dr. Jeremy McMillen joined Grayson College as its fifth president in July 2012.

He began his career in higher education teaching sociology as a graduate student at Texas A&M-Commerce in 1995. He then served as the Director of Educational Talent Search working with low income first generation students at Paris Junior College. McMillen returned to A&M-Commerce as director of institutional research and then went to Trinity Valley Community College as dean of planning and institutional research. At TVCC, McMillen was promoted to assistant vice president for academic affairs and finally associate vice president for academic affairs.

Active in state and national higher education initiatives, McMillen serves as the immediate past chair of the board of directors for United Way of Grayson County and is a board member of Texoma Workforce Solutions and the Texoma Craft Beverage Alliance. He is immediate past chair of the North Texas Community College Consortium.

State involvement includes serving on the Executive Committee for the Texas Association of Community Colleges and two committees with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Community and Technical College Leadership Council and Community and Technical College Formula Advisory Committee.           Nationally, McMillen serves on the Commission on Workforce and Economic Development for the American Association of Community Colleges.

He received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree, both in sociology, from what is now Texas A&M University-Commerce. He returned to the institution to earn his doctorate in higher education.

McMillen and his wife, also an A&M-Commerce graduate, reside in Denison, Texas, with their son.

Dr. E.T. Dunlap (1914-1997) was a 1940 graduate of Southeastern and the first Distinguished Alumnus of the University. After graduating from Southeastern, Dunlap served as a teacher, county superintendent of schools and high school inspector for accreditation for the Oklahoma State Department of Education. He was then elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 1946, chaired the Committee on Education, and was the principal author of the Education Code, which was signed into law in 1949.

From 1951-1961, he was president of Eastern Oklahoma State College, Wilburton. He left this post to become Oklahoma’s second chancellor of higher education.

Southeastern flightteam qualifies for national competition

The Southeastern flight team finished second at regional competition.

The Southeastern flight team finished second at regional competition.

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Oklahoma State University Flight Team recently competed at theRegion VI Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON), hosted by St. Louis University.  Southeastern finished in second place, earning the team an automatic bid to the National Intercollegiate Flying Association National Flight Competition in May 2016.

The Southeastern team placed first in ground events and third in flying events at the regionals. Serving as the group’s faculty advisor is Kyle Thomas, Assistant Professor and Chief Flight Instructor for the Southeastern Aviation Sciences Institute. Team members, with hometowns, are Ross Sandmann (Captain, McKinney, Texas); Luke Carson, Plano, Texas ; James Dorris, Spring, Texas; Nathan Price, Plano, Texas;  Austin Ashlock (Captain, Bonham, Texas);  Joshua Ashcraft, Pilot Point, Texas; Blake Crawford, Friendswood, Texas;  Mitchell Mills, Friendswood, Texas; Blake Scott, Ponca City, Oklahoma; Tyler Clemens (Captain, Van Alstyne, Texas);  Derek Bolin, Fort Smith, Arkansas; Dylan Dean, Bedford, Texas; Taylor Nelson, Owasso, Oklahoma; and Jacob Shiver, Neptune Beach, Florida.

In addition to Southeastern, Region VI consists of the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, Kansas State University in Salina, the University of Nebraska in Omaha, the University of Central Missouri, and St. Louis University.

The National Intercollegiate Flying Association was organized for the purposes of developing and advancing aviation education and to provide an arena for collegiate aviation competition.

The national competition will be held at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

Southeastern adds two degree programs at Grayson College

Grayson president Jeremy McMillen and Southeastern president Sean Burrage sign the agreement Monday.

Grayson president Jeremy McMillen and Southeastern president Sean Burrage sign the agreement Monday.

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern-Grayson connection continues to expand.

On Monday, Southeastern Oklahoma State University and Grayson College made it official when the presidents of the partnering schools signed an articulation agreement for two new bachelor degree programs to be offered online – Hospitality Management, and Early Intervention and Child Development.

“We truly value the partnership between Grayson and Southeastern and hope it continues to expand,’’ said Southeastern president Sean Burrage. “We want to continue to work with Grayson to ensure that we are meeting the needs of students through our programming and services. President (Jeremy) McMillen has been very supportive and we are very excited about the potential for growth in the region.’’

Added President McMillen: “Grayson College is very pleased to expand our partnership with Southeastern. The addition of these two programs into our transfer agreements will be of benefit to our students and the communities we serve. Southeastern and Grayson have a long history of partnering for student success.  In fact, Southeastern is the University that our students choose most often when moving on to obtain their bachelor’s degree.”

This 2+2 articulation agreement allows a seamless transition for students transferring from Grayson into these two programs at Southeastern.

This collaborative partnership between Grayson and Southeastern received final approval in 2005 from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the Grayson College Board of Trustees, the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents, and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

Since then, the Southeastern at Grayson program has offered face-to-face classes at the Denison campus in Elementary Education, School Administration (graduate) , and, later, for the Bachelor of Science in Liberal and Applied Studies. In these programs, a student can earn a Southeastern degree while taking all classes at the GC campus in Denison or online. Typically, these programs are offered in evening classes (after 4 p.m.)

Southeastern is now also offering courses in its popular Occupational Safety & Health program at the GC South Campus in Van Alstyne.

For more information about the Southeastern at Grayson program, contact Matt Morris, SE Coordinator of Academic Services at Grayson, at 903-463.8701 or visit

Southeastern looks to expand programs to Grayson College’s Van Alstyne campus

Southeastern president Larry Minks and Grayson president Jeremy McMillen sign the new and expanded agreement between the two institutions on Monday afternoon in Van Alstyne.

Southeastern president Larry Minks and Grayson president Jeremy McMillen sign the new and expanded agreement between the two institutions on Monday afternoon in Van Alstyne.

DURANT, Okla. – Thanks to a new agreement signed Monday, Southeastern Oklahoma State University may soon be expanding many of its academic programs to Grayson College in Denison and Van Alstyne, Texas.

In 2005, Southeastern established a higher education teaching center at Grayson’s main campus in Denison.  Through this means, Southeastern has offered  its Elementary Education program, allowing students to earn four-year degrees from Southeastern while attending the classes in Denison. The courses are taught by Southeastern instructors.

Under the terms of the new agreement, Southeastern may expand the program by offering a number of courses of study at Grayson’s south campus (Van Alstyne). Occupational Safety & Health is among the proposed course offerings.

Grayson president Jeremy McMillen and Southeastern president Larry Minks were both present to sign the new agreement, as well as take part in the groundbreaking ceremonies for GC’s South Campus Technical Center.

“This is a great day for the communities along the southern edge of Grayson County,’’ Dr. McMillen said. “With the addition of this new Technical Center and the expanded partnership with Southeastern, citizens now have immediate access to a comprehensive community college as well as a university, right here in Van Alstyne.”

“We are excited about this expanding collaboration between Southeastern and Grayson,’’ said Dr. Minks. “It’s a win-win situation for the institutions, but more importantly, for the students. Dr. McMillen and his staff at Grayson are tremendous partners and we look forward to a bright future working together.’’

The new agreement is pending final approval from the higher education governing boards in Oklahoma and the Higher Learning Commission.

(cutline) Southeastern president Larry Minks and Grayson president Jeremy McMillen sign the new and expanded agreement between the two institutions on Monday afternoon in Van Alstyne.