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Chancellor Emeritus E.T. Dunlap

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Dr. E.T. Dunlap served as chancellor of the Oklahoma State System for Higher Education from July 1, 1961, to Jan. 1, 1982. At his retirement, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education named him chancellor emeritus.


Dunlap served as a teacher, county superintendent of schools and high school inspector for accreditation for the Oklahoma State Department of Education. Dunlap was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 1946, chaired the Committee on Education and was the principal author of the Education Code, which was signed into law in 1949.

From 1951 to 1961, he was president of Eastern Oklahoma State College, Wilburton. He left this post to become Oklahoma’s second chancellor of higher education.

Academic Credentials and Honors

Dunlap graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 1940.

Dunlap was active for many years in the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO), serving as president of the organization and chairman of its Federal Relations Committee.

In 1978, Dunlap was appointed by Pres. Jimmy Carter to the Board of Directors of the National Student Loan Marketing Association (SALLIE MAE). He succeeded the retiring chairman of the board and was the first Oklahoman appointed to the board. In 1980, he was inducted into the Oklahoma State University Alumni Hall of Fame, and in 1981, the Oklahoma Heritage Association selected him for induction into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.


Dunlap died in 1997.