OC grads named to presidential posts

Lana Reynolds (81) will become president of Seminole State College this summer while Dr. Bill Pink (90) has been named president at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan.

Reynolds has served at Seminole State for more than three decades. She has worked in many roles, including English instructor, director of public relations, vice president for institutional advancement, and executive vice president.

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.

“I hope my leadership provides our students with a strong academic background, exposure to liberal arts, and cultural experiences and opportunities to succeed in their careers and lives. I benefited from these things by attending OC,” Reynolds said. “I hope I will be able to emulate the Christian principles I witnessed at OC in my decisions and leadership of Seminole State.”

After earning Scholar-Athlete honors as an OC basketball player, Pink has worked in education for more than 25 years.

He held teaching, coaching, and administrative roles at York College, Cascade College, OC, the University of Oklahoma, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City before joining Grand Rapids as vice president and dean for workforce development in 2015.

“I’m honored and humbled to be named the 10th president of Grand Rapids Community College, and I’m grateful to the institutions that played a role in my development as a person and as a leader,” Pink said. “I value my days at OC both as a student and as a faculty member. I treasure those days, and the people who blessed my life there.”

Reynolds and Pink join Andy Benton (Pepperdine University), Dr. Allison Garrett (Emporia State University), Dr. Stan Helton (Alberta Bible College), and Dr. Harold Shank (Ohio Valley University) as active college or university presidents in OC’s alumni ranks.

Spring 2017

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