DURANT, Okla. –The Journal Record has named Michele Campbell of Southeastern Oklahoma State University as one of its “50 Women Making A Difference in Oklahoma.’’
Campbell serves as executive assistant to Southeastern president Larry Minks. Prior to her current role, Campbell served as Director of Continuing Education and served in various capacities in the TRIO program for 19 years. She was a TRIO program director for 10 of those years.
The 50 honorees will be honored at an awards gala and dinner on Oct. 3 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Also at that time, the “Woman of the Year’’ will be announced.
“Michele is very deserving of this recognition,’’ President Minks said. “It is a great honor not only for her but for the University as well. She is a great example of the quality of faculty, staff and students that we have representing Southeastern.’’
“There are so many amazing and accomplished women in Oklahoma and it is such an honor to provide them with the recognition they deserve,’’ said Mary Melon, president and publisher of The Journal Record. “The Journal Record started the Woman of the Year program in 1981 to recognize what was then called a growing segment of the workforce. Today, women play such a critical role in leading businesses, organizations and communities and it is critically important to continue highlighting the difference they make and to build up future generations of leaders.’’
Campbell was recently elected by the Leadership Oklahoma (LOK) Board of Directors to its executive committee for the upcoming year. In that capacity, Campbell will serve as Chair of the Adult Program Committee. She is a graduate of LOK (Class XXIII) and is a class ambassador. LOK is a statewide leadership development program designed to identify, educate, and challenge the leaders of the state.
In addition, Campbell has been named to the Board of Advocates for the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer City at the University of Oklahoma. As an advocate, her primary responsibilities are to provide outreach opportunities in the Durant community and access to the Cancer Center system for their family, friends or community members.
“I am very pleased to have been named to The Journal Record’s 50 Women Making a Difference in Oklahoma,’’ Campbell said. “I believe through education we can have significant impact on our students and ultimately all Oklahomans. I am privileged to have the opportunity to be a part of a team of people here at Southeastern that believe that as well and are truly making a difference.”
A Healdton native, Campbell earned bachelor and master degrees at Southeastern and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She is married to Brian Campbell and has three children — Cole, Jade and Shaya Claxton.
She is the daughter of Obe and Winnie McKibban of Healdton.