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Blanton Named Vice President of Outreach

Released by Panhandle State Campus Communications on 04/04/2017 Dr. Ryan Blanton has been selected as the Oklahoma Panhandle State University Vice President of Outreach following a national search completed by a 20-member search committee. —Photo by Danae MooreDr. Ryan Blanton has been selected as the Oklahoma Panhandle State University Vice President of Outreach following a national search completed by a 20-member search committee. —Photo by Danae Moore

Goodwell, Okla. — Dr. Ryan Blanton has been selected as the Oklahoma Panhandle State University Vice President of Outreach following a national search completed by a 20-member search committee. Dr. Blanton is currently the Associate Vice President for External Affairs at Connors State College and Executive Director of the Connors Development Foundation.

Panhandle State President Dr. Tim Faltyn said, “I am excited for the impact this position will make in the future of Panhandle State. Dr. Blanton brings an impressive record of attracting resources from private donors, creating economic development opportunities and securing grants.”

As Vice President of Outreach, Dr. Blanton will supervise a unit that includes alumni relations, development, special events, marketing, and career management. Dr. Blanton will help execute advancement, marketing, and enrollment management strategies in addition to providing leadership to secure public and private support to help fulfill the University’s mission.

Previously, Dr. Blanton served as the Southeastern Oklahoma Regional Outreach Coordinator for the Oklahoma Health Care Authority and as a Research Associate at the American Indian Diabetes Prevention Center and the Center for Health Ethics, Research, and Policy at the University of Oklahoma.

Dr. Blanton earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology, Master of Arts degree in Anthropology, and Doctor of Philosophy degree in Anthropology from the University of Oklahoma.

Dr. Blanton is married to Dr. Julie Dinger. Dr. Dinger will join Panhandle State as the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs upon the July 1 retirement of current Vice President of Academic Affairs Diane Murphey. The couple has three children.

Dr. Blanton said, "I am honored to join the OPSU community and to be part of the growing regional impact of the University."