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September 23, 2009 - Oklahoma Higher Education to Implement Regional Stewardship Project

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Dedicated to making higher education a leader in economic and community development, Oklahoma’s state system of higher education will become the second state system in the nation to implement the Making Place Matter project statewide.

Making Place Matter, a project of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, was designed to provide tools and practical insights for community and campus leaders as they seek to build partnerships and to create a more vital and viable economy in their local and regional communities. Kentucky was the first state in the nation to implement the project.

“The State Regents’ leadership in making this project a priority demonstrates higher education’s commitment to Oklahoma’s economic vitality,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “The fact that Oklahoma is the second state in the country to adopt these practices statewide is a testament to our vision of the role the state system can, and should, play in economic and community development.”

Through the Making Place Matter project, Oklahoma will become a leader in promoting regional stewardship and in mobilizing the assets of a higher education system toward economic development, community service and outreach goals.

“Across the country, colleges and universities are powerful partners for economic and community development,” said Dr. Jim Votruba, president of Northern Kentucky University and the driving force for the Making Place Matter project in the state of Kentucky. “I’m excited because through Making Place Matter, Oklahoma can be a national leader in this arena.”

The project will complement other initiatives the State Regents have undertaken to promote and enhance economic development and community partnerships such as the Economic Development Grant for the Partnership Recognition Program.

The State Regents’ Economic Development Grant for the Partnership Recognition Program was created to highlight successful partnerships between higher education institutions and businesses and to further cultivate the higher learning environment through State Regents’ Economic Development Grants.

The State Regents’ office is also an active participant in the Governor's Council for Workforce and Economic Development, which brings together leaders from across a variety of private and public sector organizations to develop a strategy for accelerated economic growth and to provide direction to our state policy leaders.

For more information, contact Dr. Houston Davis, vice chancellor for academic affairs, at 405.225.9175 or