MIAMI —Dr. Mark Rasor, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College Vice President for Fiscal Affairs, has been selected by the Board of Regents for the Oklahoma Agricultural & Mechanical Colleges to serve as Interim President of NEO at the conclusion of Dr. Jeff Hale’s tenure.
Rasor will begin his duties on Aug. 1 as the regents prepare to conduct a nationwide search for the next president of NEO.
“The Regents are excited that Dr. Rasor has agreed to serve as interim president at NEO,” said Calvin Anthony, chair of the A&M Board of Regents. “He has been an outstanding member of Dr. Hale’s leadership team and we are confident that he will be an excellent leader for the college during the time of presidential transition. His experience in managing the college’s finances and his engagement across the campus have prepared him well for this challenge.”
A Miami native, Rasor was appointed by Hale as the Vice President for Fiscal Affairs in 2012 after serving five years as the controller and assistant vice president for fiscal affairs.
He earned his Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Baylor University followed by his Certified Public Accountant Licensure, a Master’s in Divinity from Midwest Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate in Education from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
“Dr. Rasor has been a trusted and hard-working member of the leadership team for over a decade,” said Hale, who is set to retire after 11 years as NEO president. “Students, faculty, staff, and the Regents respect Mark's professionalism and are eager to help him and NEO continue to raise the bar and improve performance across campus. He is prepared and committed”
Rasor has been critical in maintaining NEO’s quality of education despite state support dropping from $9.6 million in 2009 to $6.5 million in 2018.
He also oversaw the construction of the recently completed Milligan Hall, which houses nearly 80 students.
However, he considers his most notable accomplishment the renegotiation of the distribution of the Dobson Trust.
Under the old agreement, NEO’s share had dropped to about $80,000 each year. The college will receive nearly $500,000 under the new terms to fund student scholarships and professional faculty development without depleting the trust.