Search Committee to Find Next SWOSU President Selected

October 30, 2020

By News Director Jared Atha

Southwestern Oklahoma State University officials have announced that the Regional University System of Oklahoma Regents have named a 22-member screening committee to assist in the search for a new president at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford.

In a press release SWOSU officials say the committee is composed of regents, faculty, staff, administrators and community leaders. A committee orientation meeting is scheduled for November 19 on the SWOSU campus.

A second committee meeting is scheduled for December 10 to review resumes and make candidate recommendations to the RUSO board.

The regents are seeking a replacement for current SWOSU President Dr. Randy Beutler, who announced his retirement, effective June 30, 2021.

Included in the 22-member committee is RUSO Regent, and local banker, Lake Carpenter, SWOSU Vice President of Public Relations & Marketing Brian Adler, Mayor of Weatherford Mike Brown, Former President of the Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribal College and Alumnus Dr. Henrietta Mann, Vice President of 1st National Bank of Elk City and Alumnus Brent Meador, and Dean of the SWOSU-Sayre Campus Bill Swartwood.

RUSO Executive Director Sheridan McCaffree said the projected timeline for filling the vacancy is January 31.