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Chancellor Joe Leone

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As chancellor of the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education, Dr. Joseph (Joe) Leone served as chief executive officer for the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education from January 1982 to April 1987.


Leone’s service to higher education began in 1965 as an adjunct professor of education at the University of Oklahoma and then as director of the Evaluation and Testing Department; administrative coordinator, School and Community Services; and assistant dean in the School and Community Services, Research and Public Service at OU. In 1969, Leone’s service continued at the OU as chief administrative officer to the vice president for research and public service. Leone moved to Oscar Rose Junior College as the vice president for administration and president-elect in 1971. He became president of ORJC in 1972, a position he held until 1978. He was then employed at the State Regents as executive vice chancellor, a position he held until appointed as chancellor in 1982.

Academic Credentials and Honors

Leone served as an evaluator and member of the Review Committee of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools with the Commission for Institutions of Higher Education. In addition, he was part of the 25-member committee that reviewed and revised accreditation standards. He has authored several articles in professional magazines and journals and presented papers at state, regional and national meetings. He served as consultant for several colleges and universities on activities associated with evaluation and accreditation. He is past president of the Oklahoma Personnel and Guidance Association at the State Department of Education.

Leone earned a bachelor’s in business administration from East Central University, Ada, in 1955, a master’s in education from ECU in 1959 and a Doctor of Education degree in education administration and guidance from OU in 1965.