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Duren Named Dean of College of Arts and Education

Released by Panhandle State Campus Communications on 08/10/2018 Brad Duren— Photo by Chris Urias Brad Duren— Photo by Chris Urias

Goodwell, Okla. — Dr. Brad Duren is the Dean of the newly formed College of Arts and Education at Oklahoma Panhandle State University as of July 1, 2018.

Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs Dr. Julie Dinger commented, “I was looking for a leader to unite the people and programs of two distinct and important academic units and help write the next chapter for these academic areas and the students we serve. This next academic year will have new challenges but also great opportunities, we are achieving great things and I have confidence in Dr. Duren as the leader of this new academic unit.”

Previously serving as the Chair of the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences, he has taught at Panhandle State for 19 years. He has made a tremendous impact on numerous students who have gone on to great careers after college.

Duren said, “I am deeply honored in the confidence shown to me by the administration and faculty in believing I am worthy to take on this important task! I do not take it lightly. I also know I have some big shoes to fill, as history shows it is never easy to follow a legend (Dr. Richter)!”

When asked he commented, “My biggest accomplishment at OPSU so far is seeing the growth of the History program and the success of our graduates.”

Duren earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Oklahoma City University. He went on to earn a master’s degree in History from the University of Central Oklahoma and a doctorate degree in History from Oklahoma State University.

Moving forward, Dr. Duren said, “My goals are to help foster the continued growth and development of the College of Arts and Education and its many quality programs. We already offer top-tier programs across the board in our college, but I see tremendous possibilities thanks to the creativity, innovation, and evolution of the faculty within all of our departments. They are dedicated to the growth and success of our students, and I will stack them up against any faculty anywhere! With their energy, intelligence, and support, the sky is the limit for us, and I look forward to serving as an advocate for our students, departments, faculty, and OPSU as a whole.”

Duren was raised in the southern Oklahoma town of Duncan and has many passions with history and horror movies topping the list.

Additionally, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Melissa, and his two sons.