USAO News Bureau

USAO’s Osborn Named to State Advisory Council

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Dr. Nancy Osborn has been named for the second time to a top state advisory panel – the third person in history to serve two terms.

An associate professor of physical education at USAO, Osborn recently was named a member of the Faculty Advisory Council of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. This is her second appointment to the council and the third time USAO has been represented. Osborn served a two-year term in 2003 and Dr. Darryel Reigh, professor of chemistry at USAO, served in 1990. Osborn will serve a one-year term beginning in January.

“This is a really good group of people and it is an exciting opportunity for me as well as the university. This committee gives USAO more visibility on a statewide level,” Osborn said.

The seven-person committee is comprised of faculty members from two research institutions, two regional universities, two community colleges and one independent university. Members are elected for a one or two year term by the State Faculty Assembly at its annual fall meeting.

The group meets monthly to discuss issues that effect faculty in higher education and to provide input to the state regents, the chancellor and the regents’ staff regarding on-going higher education issues.

“Our group will meet in December to discuss what issues we will work on in 2009. Our focus will be on issues such as student preparation, student retention/graduation, textbook costs, retirement, health insurance and salaries,” Osborn said. Each year the council assembles a work plan of common issues that were derived from a faculty opinion survey that is administered to all higher education faculty in the state.

“In addition to the official purposes of the council, the group gives USAO a chance to network with other universities and individuals across the state. During my appointment with the group, we were able to help with a visit to USAO by the chancellor, as well as assist in gaining membership into the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges and help in formulating the USAO Mission Enhancement Plan. The networking this council provides is extremely valuable,” Osborn said.