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Oklahoma State University

HESA Faculty

Dr. Kerri KearneyKerri S. Kearney, M.B.A., Ed.D.

Associate Professor – Program Coordinator for Curriculum and Student Support
315 Willard Hall
Stillwater, OK 74078
(405) 513-2043

Dr. Kerri Kearney’s research and service focus on higher education through the lens of former foster youth in college and on organizational issues. She is the founder of the R is for Thursday Network of Oklahoma, which studies and supports former foster youth in college. Dr. Kearney is published in diverse fields including management and executive coaching, education, and qualitative research. In 2006, one of her research articles was named one of “The 50 Most-Frequently-Read Articles” for Qualitative Research. She is also published in the Journal of College Student Development, the Community College Journal of Research and Practice and other higher education venues. In 2020, her research on foster alumni in college will be published in the field’s top tier journal the Review of Higher Education.

Dr. Kearney has an M.B.A. in management and an Ed.D. She spent over 20 years as an organizational consultant before entering academia. She holds the Christine Cashel Professorship in Higher Education and Student Affairs. As a co-Program Coordinator, she focuses on academic planning/coordination, including various infrastructure and support systems for the program’s graduate students.

Dr. Tami MooreTami Moore, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Stillwater: 217 Willard Hall
Stillwater, OK 74078
Tulsa: Main Hall 2439, 700 N. Greenwood Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74106
(918) 549-8107



Dr. Stephen WangerStephen Wanger, Ph.D.

Associate Professor – Program Coordinator for Admissions, Planning and International Partners
309 Willard Hall
Stillwater, OK 74078
Phone: (405) 744-3982

The research of Dr. Stephen (Steve) Wanger explores international issues in higher education, with a particular emphasis on efforts across the globe to create regional areas for higher education. This research emphasis embraces considerations such as transnational and national public policy, student and faculty mobility, the finance of higher education, curricula development, the leadership of change, and institutional and disciplinary stratification. Dr. Wanger has been instrumental in the development of program collaborations with universities in Thailand, Vietnam, Belize, Mexico, and China.

Dr. Wanger has a Ph.D. from Purdue University and holds the Don and Cathey Humphreys Endowed Chair in the School of International Studies. As a co-Program Coordinator in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program, he focuses on the strategic direction of the program, prospective students, and collaborations/working partnerships with other programs both local and international.

Affiliated Faculty

Affiliated faculty members in the Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) program have terminal degrees and are highly experienced practitioners in their fields. In addition, they have long-term engagement with HESA students and faculty and serve in a variety of roles including teaching, supervising student internships and research, and sitting on graduate student committees.


Vice President Lee BirdLee Bird, Ph.D.

Vice President for Student Affairs
201A Whitehurst, Stillwater, OK 74078
(405) 744-5328

Dr. Lee Bird currently serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs at Oklahoma State University-Stillwater and has worked in some aspect of student affairs for over 40 years. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 1991.

Dr. Bird served as the President of the National Board of Directors for the Association of Student Judicial Affairs (now ASCA) and co-authored The First Amendment on Campus: A Handbook for College and University Administrators (2006), published by NASPA. In addition, she has authored and co-authored numerous book chapters on responding to emergencies and the First Amendment. Dr. Bird received both the Donald D. Gehring Award and the Parker D. Young Award for her work with the ASCA. She served on the University of Vermont’s Board of Advisors for the Legal Issues in Higher Education conference for over a decade. In 2017 Bird was named an Honorary Professor at the University of Science and Technology in Beijing, China. Bird serves as the chair of the OSU Behavioral Consultation Team and is a FEMA, CERT and Incident Command Instructor Trainer.

Dr. John Mark DayJohn Mark Day, Ph.D.

Director of Leadership and Campus Life
232 Student Union
Stillwater, OK 74078
(405) 744-5488



Dr. Pam EhlersPam Ehlers, Ed.D.

Director of Career Services
360 Student Union
Stillwater, OK 74078
(405) 744-5253

Dr. Pam Ehlers is the Director of Oklahoma State University Career Services. She completed both her bachelors and masters degrees in education from Oklahoma State University, a career counseling specialist degree from Pittsburg State University, and a doctoral degree in higher educational leadership from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.

Pam returned to her alma mater as Director of OSU Career Services in June 2006 after serving 13 years at Pittsburg State University as Director of Career Services. She is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), a National Certified Career Counselor (NCCC), a Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC), a Master Career Counselor (MCC), Master Career Development Professional (MCDP), and a National Career Development Association (NCDA) Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDFI) Trainer and eLearning Instructor. She has over 28 years’ experience in the field of career counseling and development, graduate teaching, and administration in higher education.

Dr. Kathryn GageKathryn Gage, Ph.D.

Executive Director for Student Affairs
201 Whitehurst Hall
Stillwater, OK 74078
(405) 744-5328

Dr. Kathryn Gage serves as Executive Director for Student Affairs.  She oversees the division’s assessment program, manages the Leadership OSU mentor program, and serves as the institutional representative for former foster youth.  Dr. Gage directs various grant programs for the division, and serves as liaison to the Center for Sovereign Nations.  Her previous experience includes the role of Vice President for Student Affairs, as well as work in financial aid, career services, and institutional development.

Dr. Gage serves as a peer corps reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission.  Additionally, she serves as chair-elect of AmeriCorps Oklahoma, and is the Oklahoma representative in the States for Service Coalition. She holds both a master’s and Ph.D. in College Student Counseling and Personnel Services.

Lisa Kerr, Ph.D.

Director of the Vulcan Materials Academic Success Center
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Education Building 240
901 13th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35294
(205) 934-8184

David Mariott, Ph.D.

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions
324 Student Union
Stillwater, OK 74078
(405) 744-7425

Dr. David Mariott currently serves as the Senior Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Oklahoma State University and leads the Division of Enrollment Management and Marketing’s data management and research initiatives. Prior to OSU, Dr. Mariott worked in residential life at Missouri State University and at a policy research center at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.  He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri, masters' degrees from the University of Arizona and Missouri State University, and his PhD from Oklahoma State University.  Dr. Mariott’s research interests include higher education public policy, postsecondary access and college choice, and the history of higher education.

Dr. Leon McClinton, Jr.Leon McClinton, Jr., Ph.D.

Director of Housing and Residential Life
100 Iba Hall
Stillwater, OK 74078
(405) 744-9164

Dr. Leon McClinton, Jr., McClinton currently serves as Director of Housing & Residential Life at Oklahoma State University. Developing strategic plans for a residential curriculum model including academic- and student affairs involvement is essential to maximizing opportunities for student development in the residential communities. McClinton holds a Ph.D. in educational leadership, a master¹s degree in human resource development, and a bachelor of science in textile management from Clemson University. He has worked in University Housing & Residential Life for over 26 years and during that time he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Clemson University Residence Hall Association and was also named Student Affairs Employee of the Year by Clemson University.

McClinton provided leadership for one of the largest residential life programs in the United States, encompassing 9,125 on-campus students in 47 residence halls, while working at Virginia Tech. He is currently responsible for directing the Housing & Residential Life program for nearly 7,000 on-campus residential students in 26 on-campus residential communities and 6 family-first apartment neighborhoods, with overall supervisory responsibilities for 20 professional staff, 20 graduate assistants, and 320 undergraduate student staff members at Oklahoma State University.

While providing leadership on-campus, he has also been committed to remaining active in professional organizations and expanding his sphere of influence off campus, by serving as a faculty member for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Region IV-West Mid-Level Institute, National Housing Training Institute (NHTI), Southeastern Housing Officers Regional Entry Level Institute (SEAHO RELI), authoring a chapter on Greek Housing that appeared in a multi-volume Association of College and University Housing Officers ­ International (ACUHO-I) Campus Management book series and co-authoring multiple research articles focusing on living-learning environments.