Outstanding Southeastern Faculty & Staff

Dr. Kitty Campbell

Kitty Campbell holds the title of Massey Professor and Chair of the Department of Management & Marketing at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. As a faculty member, she has responsibilities in the areas of teaching, research and service. She teaches primarily management and business classes at the undergraduate level, as well as entrepreneurship classes for the MBA program in both online and face-to-face formats. Campbell has presented her research through publications in peer-reviewed journals and academic conferences, as well as serving on many research committees.

“As department chair, one of my major duties is making sure we meet the requirements to maintain our prestigious AACSB-International accreditation,” she said. “The John Massey School of Business is nationally ranked third among the top schools offering online MBA programs.”

Campbell spends a good deal of time advising students in their degree majors and minors. She is responsible for developing class schedules, conducting performance evaluations on faculty, developing and implementing curriculum changes, hiring and overseeing adjunct faculty and attending student recruitment events.

Raised in Dallas, she graduated from W.T. White High School before attending Texas A&M University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in animal science. Her desire to learn about computers brought Campbell to Southeastern Oklahoma State University where she joined the graduate program. She and her husband, a Bokchito native, promptly moved to southeastern Oklahoma.

In 1986, she received a Master of Administrative Studies degree from Southeastern before continuing her education at Texas A&M University- Commerce when in May 2000 she earned her doctorate in Higher Education- Supervision, Instruction and Curriculum. Shortly after graduating from Southeastern, Campbell was contacted by her former advisor who asked if she would teach Introduction to Business at Southeastern.

“I had never even considered a teaching career, but I was planning to come back to Southeastern that spring to take more accounting courses, so I thought I would also give teaching a try,” Campbell said. “I really liked it and that summer I was hired to teach Small Business Management. I am really the accidental professor.”

The proud alum is steadfast in her endorsement of Southeastern, emphasizing the affordability, low student/teacher ratio, high quality faculty and outstanding programs with the option of face-to-face and online course offerings. She credits her MAS degree from Southeastern, the equivalent of today’s MBA, for giving her the foundation to start teaching business courses. Campbell recalls the help and encouragement she received from her professors who believed in her abilities in teaching business before she began believing in herself.

“In so many ways, Southeastern is my life. I have been here for more than 30 years and can’t imagine working anywhere else,” she said.

Outside of her career at Southeastern, the animal science major and animal lover stays busy on her farm. Campbell has competed in horse shows for many years and rides both western and English horses. Throughout her lifetime, she has taken in more stray animals than she can count. Campbell and her husband live on 150 acres about six miles east of Durant and currently have five dogs, 10 horses (five of which are miniature), two donkeys, three pot-bellied pigs, five chickens, assorted barn cats and about 60 head of cattle.

Additionally, Campbell is a certified equine cruelty investigator. Her farm is a foster home for miniature horse rescues. When she gets them, the horses have often been abused and nearly starved to death.

“My job is to give them the care they need as well as help them get over their fear of humans,” Campbell said. “When they are adopted, I get them ready to go to their new home. We have shipped miniature horses throughout the United States.”

One of her fondest memories is the opportunity to go to New Orleans right after Hurricane Katrina. She was part of the Lone Star Equine Rescue group and spent five days rescuing mainly horses and dogs. During that week about 500 horses and 2,500 dogs and cats were rescued, a fair week’s work.