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December 9, 2003 :: State Regents Name Stuart to Vice Chancellor Post

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The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education recently ratified the appointment of Dr. Debra Stuart as the new vice chancellor for administration and board relations. She replaces Dr. Ruth Ann Dreyer, who will be leaving in February after a 28-year career with the State Regents.
Stuart was appointed to the position by Chancellor Paul G. Risser.

“Debra has a thorough knowledge of our state system,” Risser said. “She is also very familiar with best practices around the country and is well-prepared to work with our Regents, staff and higher education institutions.”

Stuart has served in various capacities with the State Regents since 1995 and has been executive director of state system research since 1998. She has more than 30 years of experience in higher education and has degrees from Ohio Wesleyan University and Ohio State University. She received her doctorate in higher education from Iowa State University in 1983.

Her new responsibilities will include agency administration; leadership for various programs such as the Regents Education Program; liaison activity with the State Regents’ advisory councils and state system governing boards; and work with the State Regents. Her previous work experience includes stints at the University of Maryland, Southern Methodist University, Iowa State University and Grinnell College.

State Regents’ Chairman Ike Glass was enthusiastic about Stuart’s appointment.

“Debra has done great work through the years, and she is very knowledgeable,” Glass said. “I look forward to working with her in her new role.”

Stuart will be taking over for Dreyer, who announced her retirement in October. After leaving the State Regents, Dreyer will contribute her time to several ministries and civic work.