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About Eastern


Eastern Oklahoma State College is a public community college, offering associate degree and certification programs at four locations in southeast Oklahoma to meet the needs of a diverse community of students.

Accreditation & Memberships

Eastern is officially accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (since March 1954), the State Regents for Higher Education, the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), the Society of American Foresters, the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences and Oklahoma State School Accrediting Agencies. Eastern's memberships include the American Association of Junior Colleges, the Council of North Central Junior Colleges, and the Oklahoma Association of Junior Colleges.

Eastern’s most recent Self-Study Report submitted to the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association is available for download.
    Higher Learning Commission Mark of Affiliation

    Strategic Plan

    “Imagine, Prepare, Transform” is the theme for the strategic plan that Eastern unveiled in the fall of 2011. The strategic plan will guide the college in four focus areas – educational opportunities, student success, resources and community engagement. The development of the 2011-2016 strategic plan allowed Eastern’s leadership to explore strategies that will carry forward Eastern’s proud tradition of delivering exceptional educational programs in an environment that promotes academic success and life-long learning. The 2011-2016 Strategic Plan is available for download (PDF format).

    History

    Eastern Oklahoma State College was originally established in 1908 as the Oklahoma School of Mines and Metallurgy, offering degrees in mining engineering. Although closed during World War I, the school reopened in 1920 with trade and industrial education added to the curriculum. In 1924, the School of Mines added teacher training and extension courses, but with the decline of local area mining by then well advanced, the school dropped mining engineering. Then in 1927, the school won a long overdue name change to Eastern Oklahoma State College and with the change came an added mission of pre-college level instruction. In 1941, the again renamed Eastern Oklahoma State College Agricultural and Mechanical College moved under the control of the State Board of Agriculture as a junior college. Finally, in 1972, the legislature settled on the name Eastern Oklahoma State College and created a separate board to govern the institution. Since that time, Eastern has been a comprehensive community college providing instruction in a wide range of curricula.

    EOSC Presidents

    1908-1913
    George E. Ladd
    1913-1915
    Edward P. Barrett
    1915-1916
    John W. Graves
    1916-1917
    Lynn Glover
    1917-1919
    Closed years
    1919-1923
    Mead Johnson
    1923-1924
    John K. Walsh
    1924-1936
    E.E. Tourtellotte
    1937-1951
    C.C. Dunlap
    1951 (Acting)
    R.B. Mitchell
    1952-1961
    E.T. Dunlap
    1961-1969
    J.N. Baker
    1969 (Acting)
    Walter Williams
    1970-1986
    James Miller
    1986-2000
    Bill Hill
    2000-2002
    Rollin Reimer
    2002
    J.C. Hunt
    2002-2004
    Bill Campion
    2004
    J.C. Hunt
    2004-2007
    Richard Bernard
    2007-Present
    Stephen E. Smith