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OSU Provost Gary Sandefur to retire in March

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Freshman Convocation

Provost Gary Sandefur speaks during the freshman convocation at Gallagher-Iba Arena on Oklahoma State University campus in Stillwater, Okla., Friday, Aug. 12, 2016.

After serving as Provost of Oklahoma State University for eight years, Gary Sandefur will be stepping down in March of 2021.

This comes shortly after OSU President, Burns Hargis, announced his retirement, effective July 1, 2021. 

During Sanderfur’s time at OSU, he was dedicated to raising the freshmen retention and graduation rates within the college, institutional diversity and closely listening to the voices of faculty and students.

Sandefur has multiple awards to his name, including being elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the William Goode and Otis Dudley Duncan awards from the American Sociological Association for “Growing Up with a Single Parent,” a book he wrote with Sara McLanahan in 1994.