DURANT — Sen. Sean Burrage, D-Claremore, has been named the 20th president of Southeastern Oklahoma State University. He will start the job July 1.
The Board of Regents for the Regional University System of Oklahoma voted to hire Burrage in a special meeting Thursday in Oklahoma City, after interviewing five candidates, Chairman Richard Ogden said Friday.
Ogden said Burrage was selected “because of the vision he expressed with regard to how he would like to lead Southeastern.”
His ability to communicate, raise money, work with people and build alliances made him the right person for the job, Ogden said.
“We are very happy he took the position,” he said.
Ogden said a 19-member search committee reviewed 35 applicants and recommend individuals to the regents for further consideration.
Burrage is completing his second term as Oklahoma’s District 2 senator. He announced in November that he would not seek a third term in office. He has served in the Senate since 2006 and was elected Democratic floor leader in November 2011.