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Oklahoma Panhandle State University President Announces Departure

Panhandle State Communications on 10/06/2021 Dr. Tim Faltyn, President of Oklahoma Panhandle State University Dr. Tim Faltyn, President of Oklahoma Panhandle State University

Dr. Tim Faltyn, the 15th President of Oklahoma Panhandle State University, has announced his intention to resign as the President of OPSU effective January 31, 2022, in a letter to the Board of Regents of the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges

Under President Faltyn’s leadership, OPSU has experienced sustained enrollment growth and increased graduation rates, while most colleges and universities in the region have experienced declines in the same categories. Since 2016, the University has achieved record-setting community support and external funding, as well as top 10 national rankings, most notably by US News and World Report. Faltyn was recently inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Heritage Society Hall of Fame.

President Faltyn and his wife, Kelly Faltyn, have been considering making a change since the spring of 2021 and recently made the decision that now is the right time to transition as the University is poised for success reputationally, financially, and academically to sustain the gains of the past several years.

Faltyn said, “The time I have spent here at Panhandle State will always rank among the best times of my professional experience. The people, the region, the University, and all that we have accomplished together are remarkable. I am grateful to have been here and to have been a part of a chapter that is so special in the storied history of this University.”

Chairwoman of the Board of Regents for the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges, Regent Trudy Milner, said, “Dr. Faltyn has been an exceptional leader on several campuses in the OSU system, a mover and a shaker who has made positive impacts at each institution he has served. This is a tough loss for our system, but we wish him the very best.”

The Board of Regents will make the decision on the next interim and permanent president of OPSU.

The CEO of the Oklahoma A&M Board of Regents, Mr. Jason Ramsey, added, “I have known Dr. Faltyn for the past 20 years and have been blessed to work with him as an academic leader and as a College and University President. His leadership at OPSU and within the Oklahoma A&M system will be truly missed personally and professionally.”