The Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents has named Sean Burrage as the 20th president of Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
In a special meeting Thursday in Oklahoma City, the Board interviewed five candidates and then voted to hire Burrage, a Durant native who is completing his second term as an Oklahoma State Senator (District 2). He also serves as Democratic Floor Leader. Last November, Burrage announced that he would not seek a third term in office.
An attorney by profession, the legal field, public service, and higher education have all played important roles in Burrage’s life. He earned his Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1993. In addition, he holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from OU. He is a product of the Antlers Public Schools.
“As a Board, we were impressed with the credentials of all five candidates,’’ said Richard C. Ogden, chairman of the Board of Regents. “Following the interview process, Sean Burrage emerged as the candidate with the vision and the enthusiasm best suited to lead Southeastern Oklahoma State University into the future. We believe that he is poised to do an outstanding job as the University builds on a proud tradition of excellence.’’
Ogden further said, “We believe that Sean Burrage will use his skills as a communicator and leader and his deep and immense personal and professional relationships with so many Oklahomans to lead Southeastern from great to greater.’’
Burrage, who will begin his new duties on July 1, said he is excited about the opportunity to join the University.
“It’s like coming home for me,’’ he said. “I lived the first three years of my life in Durant while my parents (former U.S. District Judge Michael Burrage and school principal Aletha Burrage) were going to school at Southeastern. There is no other place I’d rather be — I see so much opportunity for growth at Southeastern and I’m excited to be a part of it.’’