RSU President Elected To Lead Oklahoma Council of Presidents

Dr. Joe Wiley, president of Rogers State University, has been elected as an officer for the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Council of Presidents and will serve as chairman of the council in 2006-2007.

Wiley was elected as secretary/treasurer of the council for the 2004-2005 academic year, putting him in line to assume the chairmanship in two years.

Glen Johnson, president of Southeastern Oklahoma State University, will serve as chairman this year, and Jim Utterbach, president of Seminole State College, will serve as vice-chairman.

Each year, the Council of Presidents elects a secretary/treasurer, who becomes vice-chairman in the following year and chairman the subsequent year.

Wiley will continue to serve as chairman of the Council of Presidents Subcommittee on System Cooperation and Innovation.

Presidents of each of the state’s 25 public colleges and universities are members of the President’s Council, which works to advance the quality, availability and support of higher education across Oklahoma and to maximize opportunities for cooperation among the state’s institutions of higher learning.

Wiley became president of RSU in 1999. Three years later, he was awarded the prestigious John L. Blackburn Award for Exemplary Administrative Leadership from the American Association of University Administrators (AAUA) for his role during RSU’s transition from a two-year to a four-year institution. The award is the most prestigious award given by the AAUA – the nation’s largest and most respected organization of university administrators.

Previously, Wiley served as executive vice president and vice president for academic affairs at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

He received a doctoral degree in mathematics from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He also completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Computer Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In addition, he received a master’s degree from the University of Arkansas and a bachelor’s degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University.