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Statement from President Sean Burrage

September 6, 2019

Southeastern president Sean Burrage issued the following statement today regarding the announcement that he will be assuming the position of Vice President for Executive Affairs at The University of Oklahoma next month, pending approval by the OU Board of Regents:

“This was a very difficult decision, as the past five years at Southeastern have been the most professionally gratifying years of my life. At the same time, I felt like this (OU position) was a professional career opportunity that I could not afford to pass up. I will be returning to OU where I have roots – I not only graduated there, but worked previously in the President’s Office. Southeastern is positioned on a path to continued success, with record enrollment this fall, while experiencing financial stability. What we accomplished at the University over the past five years was made possible only by the tremendous support of our faculty, staff, students, community, and the Board of Regents of the Regional University System of Oklahoma. For that, I am most appreciative.’’