Dr. Thomas Newsom – Minding the Gaps

President, Southeastern Oklahoma State University

"Many of the things that we just took for granted, or just knew that were important, have become even more critical to us as a society and as an institution."

Dr. Thomas Newsom, President of Southeastern Oklahoma State University shares important insights about widening gaps in our higher education systems. Gaps in normative learning experiences due to the effects of COVID, helping students cross the gap from two-year to four-year institutions, connecting with partnerships for community success and the correcting the misperception of the value of college. These gaps, while they existed prior to the pandemic, have become very prevalent. Dr. Newsom shares ways that Southeastern Oklahoma State University and other higher education institutions “have to be even more intentional” in addressing those gaps.

Dr. Newsom earned degrees from Austin College, Texas A&M-Commerce, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from The University of North Texas.

November 16 2022

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