OC grad named president at Seminole State College

OC grad named president at Seminole State College

Oklahoma Christian University (OC) alumna Lana Reynolds will become president of Seminole State College when current president Dr. Jim Utterback retires June 30.

The Seminole State College Board of Regents had previously announced that Reynolds would serve as “Acting President,” but made the appointment permanent at their March board meeting.

Utterback named Reynolds, a 1981 Oklahoma Christian graduate, as executive vice president in January. She will become the sixth active college or university president in OC’s alumni ranks, joining Andy Benton (Pepperdine University), Allison Garrett (Emporia State University), Stan Helton (Alberta Bible College), Bill Pink (Grand Rapids Community College) and Harold Shank (Ohio Valley University).

“The future of Seminole State College is in excellent hands,” Utterback said. “Over the years, I have seen Lana serve this institution with integrity, dedication and hard work. It is undeniable that she has a love for the college and the skills to make the college excel. I believe her passion for SSC, combined with her vast experience and knowledge of our campus and community, will make her an extraordinary leader – one we are extremely fortunate to have.”

Reynolds has served at Seminole State College for more than three decades. She started as an English instructor in 1984. From there, she has worked as public information officer, director of public relations and assistant to the president. She served as associate vice president for business and community relations prior to being named vice president for institutional advancement in 2005. In 2014, that title was changed to executive vice president for institutional advancement.

Reynolds’ responsibilities have included the oversight of public relations, the SSC Educational Foundation, legislative relations, the Business and Industry Training Program, and the President's Leadership Class. She has also taught leadership courses at the college.

Reynolds is a past president of the Seminole Chamber of Commerce and the Seminole Rotary Club. She has served as chair of the Oklahoma State Regents Communicators Council and is a past president of the Oklahoma College Public Relations Association.

A founding board member of the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum, Reynolds has served as president of the museum’s governing board multiple times.

“I have had the privilege of working with Lana on Chamber activities and projects, as well as Seminole Rotary Club projects,” said Melvin Moran, founder of the Children’s Museum. “I am especially grateful for her dedication and work for the benefit of the Children’s Museum. She is a wonderful woman and has helped and elevated our community repeatedly, and in so many ways.”

She is currently chair of the Seminole Tourism Council and serves on the Board of Directors for the area Salvation Army. She is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Mid-Central Oklahoma Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Reynolds is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma – Class XVII and serves on LOK’s statewide Board of Directors. She was recently selected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Academy for State Goals.

In 1991, she was selected as Seminole’s “Citizen of the Year.” In 2008, the OCPRA named her “Communicator of the Year.” She was also named as one of the Journal Record’s “50 Women Making a Difference” in the State of Oklahoma in 2000, 2012 and 2013 – bringing her into the “Circle of Excellence” for her three-time selection.

Click here to read the original Shawnee News-Star article about Reynolds becoming SSC's acting president.