Long-time local resident Lana Reynolds has assumed a new role as Executive Vice President of Seminole State College, and will serve as Acting President in the absence of the President. Upon the retirement of current SSC President Dr. Jim Utterback on June 30, 2017, she will assume the role of Acting President.
Speaking on the recent appointment of Reynolds, Utterback said, “The future of Seminole State College is in excellent hands. Over the years, I have seen Lana serve this institution with integrity, dedication and hard work. It is undeniable that she has a love for the College and the skills to make the College excel. I believe her passion for SSC, combined with her vast experience and knowledge of our campus and community, will make her an extraordinary leader – one we are extremely fortunate to have.”
Reynolds has served at Seminole State College for over three decades. She got her start as an English Instructor in 1984. From there, she has worked as Public Information Officer, Director of Public Relations and Assistant to the President. She served as Associate Vice President for Business and Community Relations prior to being named the Vice President for Institutional Advancement in May, 2005. In 2014, that title was changed to Executive Vice President for Institutional Advancement.
Lana’s responsibilities have included the oversight of Public Relations, the SSC Educational Foundation, Legislative Relations, the Business and Industry Training Program, and the President’s Leadership Class. She has also taught leadership courses at the College.
Reynolds is a past President of the Seminole Chamber of Commerce and the Seminole Rotary Club. She has served as Chair of the Oklahoma State Regents Communicators Council and is a past President of the Oklahoma College Public Relations Association.
A founding Board member of the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum, Reynolds has served as President of the Museum’s governing board multiple times. Melvin Moran, founder of the Children’s Museum, said, “I have had the privilege of working with Lana on Chamber activities and projects, as well as Seminole Rotary Club projects. I am especially grateful for her dedication and work for the benefit of the Children’s Museum. She is a wonderful woman and has helped and elevated our community repeatedly, and in so many ways.”
She is currently Chair of the Seminole Tourism Council and serves on the Board of Directors for the area Salvation Army. She is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Mid-Central Oklahoma Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Reynolds is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma – Class XVII and serves on LOK’s state-wide Board of Directors. She was recently selected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Academy for State Goals.
In 1991, she was selected as Seminole’s “Citizen of the Year” and in 2008, the OCPRA named her “Communicator of the Year.” She was also named as one of the Journal Record’s “50 Women Making a Difference” in the State of Oklahoma in 2000, 2012 and 2013 – bringing her into the “Circle of Excellence” for her three-time selection.
SSC Board of Regents Chair Leesa Adams said, “The Board appreciates Dr. Utterback and the amazing job he has done during his tenure as SSC President. Upon his retirement, we are thrilled that Lana is willing to step in and assume the position of Acting President. The Board voted unanimously for her appointment to this important role. Lana has shown such commitment to the institution, and I believe this will be a wonderful, seamless transition for the College.”