Dr. Steve Turner was named the 19th president of Northeastern State University Monday by the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents. He will assume the presidency on Jan. 1, 2012.
Dr. Turner, 50, currently serves as Vice President for Administration and Finance and Executive Assistant to the President for Governmental Relations and Economic Development at East Central University in Ada, Okla. He has served in that position since 2007.
Dr. Turner began his career in higher education in 1989 at ECU and for the last 22 years he has served in many capacities, including campus police officer, tenured professor, and Chair of the Department of Human Resources.
“The Regents were impressed with Dr. Turner’s broad experience in finance, academics, and external affairs,” said Michael W. Mitchel, Chair of the RUSO Board. “The Board of Regents has complete confidence in his ability to lead NSU to continue to provide an excellent education to students while working collaboratively in the institution to meet the needs of Northeastern Oklahoma.”
“I am honored to be selected by the Board of Regents of the Regional University System of Oklahoma to serve as the President of NSU,” Dr. Turner said. “The NSU community has strong and vibrant programs and a capable faculty and staff. Penny and I look forward to becoming part of the fabric of the NSU family.”
Dr. Turner earned his doctorate in Adult Learning and Higher Education Administration from the University of Oklahoma. He holds a master’s degree in Human Resources with an emphasis in Counseling, and his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Law Enforcement and Minor in Counseling, both from East Central University.
RUSO governs the following universities: University of Central Oklahoma, East Central University, Northeastern State University, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, and Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
Published: 10/10/2011 5:37:13 PM