Sen. David Bullard, a Southeastern graduate, visits with University students at Higher Education Day.
DURANT, Okla. – Students from Oklahoma’s state system institutions and members of the statewide campus community gathered at the State Capitol Tuesday to promote the value and importance of higher education in the state.
Speakers included Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell; Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat; House Majority Floor Leader Jon Echols; Rep. Jadine Nollan; State Regents vice chair Ann Holloway; Chancellor Glen D. Johnson; and President Jeanie Webb, Rose State College.
Representing Southeastern Oklahoma State University at the event were students Kylie Carrell, Brenna Tuttle, Karsyn McKinnon, Donald Broadnax, Ethan Rogers, Madison Hunt, and Brianna Pierce.
Also attending were Regent Amy Anne Ford of the Regional University System of Oklahoma, Southeastern president Bryon Clark, vice president for academic affairs Liz McCraw, director of university communications Alan Burton, and director of student conduct James Reed.
“We thank our students, faculty and staff from Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities for meeting with the lieutenant governor and Senate and House members at our State Capitol today to highlight the value of a college degree and to emphasize public higher education’s essential role in addressing Oklahoma’s current and future workforce needs,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “We look forward to working with Governor Stitt and the Legislature during this legislative session to demonstrate that higher education’s budget request is critical to strengthening our state’s economy and workforce.”