Larry Minks, President
Dr. Larry Minks was named the 19th President of Southeastern Oklahoma State University on January 21, 2010, by the Board of Regents of the Regional University System of Oklahoma (RUSO). He had served as interim president since July 1, 2009. From 2008 to July 2009, Minks served as Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs at Southeastern.
Prior to coming to Southeastern, Minks served, from 1999 to 2008, as a member of an executive administrative team transitioning Rogers State University (RSU) in Claremore to regional university status in accordance with a rigorous timeline as set forth by The Board of Regents of The University of Oklahoma. At RSU, he was Vice President for Academic Affairs from 2005 to 2008, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs from 2002 to 2005, and Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs/Instruction from 1999 to 2002. He also served on the RSU Public Television Community Advisory Board of Directors, the RSU Washington Center Internship Board, and the Claremore Chamber of Commerce Strategic Planning Task Force.
Prior to joining RSU, he served as Professor of Management and Marketing, Chairman of the Management and Marketing Department, and MBA Program Director at Southeastern (1996-1999). He has more than 34 years of combined administrative and teaching experience. Previous to his tenure at Southeastern, Minks served as Professor and Division Chairman of Business and the Graduate Program Director at Brescia University in Owensboro, Kentucky (1988-1996). At Brescia he served successive terms on the Owensboro-Daviess County (O-DC) Economic Development Steering Committee, the O-DC Industry, Inc. Planning and Strategy Committee, Co-Chair of the Chamber's Small Business/Entrepreneurship Division, Chair of the Chamber's Existing Industry Program Division, the O-DC Chamber Board of Directors, and as a Kentucky Certified Cities Evaluator. He was also responsible for the design and implementation of the university's initial graduate program which required a substantive change classification for the institution during 1995-1996.
Minks served as Executive Director of the Longwood Business Innovation Center (LBIC) and Professor of Business at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia from 1984 through 1988. He was responsible for the establishment and development of the LBIC with key result areas in economic development, entrepreneurship, organization development, and human resource development. Funding for the Center was provided from the Commonwealth of Virginia, U. S. Department of Commerce, Virginia Center for Innovative Technology, and the Longwood Foundation, Inc. During 1987, the Center was cited by the National Alliance of Business and the U. S. Department of Commerce as being one of the most innovative rural economic development programs established throughout the United States.
His initial instructional appointments at Southeastern included Assistant Professor from 1976 to 1981 and Associate Professor from 1981 to 1983. He was also responsible for the establishment and development of the Center for Organizational Effectiveness and served as its director. Minks' academic career began in the early 1970's as an Instructor of Marketing in the College of Business and Economics at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio. His career also included more than five years of experience with a major consumer products goods manufacturer in progressively responsible positions in sales, marketing research, new product development, senior product management, and general management.
Minks is responsible for numerous papers, case studies, research reports, grants, program reviews, self-studies, technical reports, and conference presentations. He received B. B. A. and M. B. A. degrees in business administration from Eastern New Mexico University and a doctorate in business teaching from the School of Business at the University of Northern Colorado. Dr. Minks has served as a reviewer for the World Association for Case Method Research and Application, North American Case Research Association, The Society for Case Research, and The Case Association.
He was the recipient of the 1985-86 Longwood University Faculty Recognition Award, given by students of the institution in recognition of "professional excellence and devoted service to students." He also was a presidential nominee for the State Council of Higher Education Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching, Research, and Public Service in the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1987. Minks received the Outstanding Business Faculty Honorarium Award at Brescia University for three consecutive years from 1990-1993, and was one of six faculty members of the university nominated in 1992-1993 by graduates for excellence both in and out of the classroom. In 1993, he was one of 70 invited participants in the first "Teaching by the Case Method Symposium," sponsored by the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He has also been active in establishing and assisting faculty involved in The Art and Craft of Discussion Leadership Program sponsored by Harvard Business Publishing Seminars.
In 2005, Minks was selected nationally as a site team participant for the Graduation Rate Outcomes Project by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. He received the 1998-1999 Faculty Senate Recognition Award for Meritorious Service to the University and Profession at Southeastern. He has been involved in university-wide efforts with such accrediting agencies as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business-International, and the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs. As chief academic officer at RSU and Southeastern, Minks served on the Council of Instruction for the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education including the following committees: Admission/Retention/Transfer Committee, Academic Programs Committee, Academic Efficiencies Committee, Global Education Committee, and Online College of Oklahoma. Minks currently serves on the Durant Area Chamber of Commerce Board and the Economic Development Council of the Durant Industrial Authority, and the Durant Community Facilities Authority. During 2012-13, he served as Chair of the Economic and Community Development Committee of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE). During 2011-2012 he served as Chair of the Presidents’ Council of the Regional University System of Oklahoma (RUSO).
In 2011, he was awarded the Oklahoma State Star by the Association of Small Business Development Centers.
He is a recent graduate of the 2009 Institute for Educational Management (IEM) and the 2010 Harvard Seminar for New Presidents at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Dr. Minks and his wife Joan reside in Durant. They are the parents of four adult children- Laura, Amanda, Joy, and Aaron.