History of Southeastern Oklahoma State University
Southeastern Oklahoma State University first opened its doors to students on June 14, 1909, as Southeastern State Normal School, to educate teachers for Oklahoma's public schools. The school's first sessions were held in temporary quarters until 1910 when the Normal School building, later called Morrison Hall, was constructed in a peach orchard. In 1921, the institution became a four-year college and was renamed Southeastern State Teachers College.
The purpose of the school expanded in 1939 to offer two newly authorized non-education degrees—Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science—and became Southeastern State College. When the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education designated Southeastern as an area community college in 1968, educational programs in business, technology, aviation and conservation were added to the curriculum.
The school changed names once more to Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 1974 after becoming a member of the State System of Higher Education the year before.
Now, SOSU encompasses four academic schools: Arts and Sciences, Education and Behavioral Sciences, John Massey School of Business, and the school of Graduate Studies.
John Massey School of Business
John Massey earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 1960 and served as student body president at the university. He is the only student in SOSU's history to receive the Outstanding Student Award for three consecutive years. Since then, Massey has established nine endowed chairs and four professorships at his alma mater.
In 1984, Massey received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Southeastern, and in 2005, SOSU renamed their School of Business after him, entitling it the John Massey School of Business. As one of its most celebrated graduates, Massey also became the recipient of the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Alumni Association in 2015.
Massey was appointed by the governor to serve on the board of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. He is now in his third 9-year term, serving as Vice Chairman—unprecedented in Oklahoma for length of tenure.
In addition to its reputation for being a leader and innovator in business education, the John Massey School of Business is also known as the home to the Aviation Sciences Institute at SOSU. The far-reaching mission of the School is to prepare business and aviation students to meet global challenges in a competitive and evolving environment by emphasizing both academic and applied knowledge.
The John Massey School of Business at Southeastern Oklahoma State University is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).
Southeastern Oklahoma State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Accreditation can be verified by searching for the institution here. For questions regarding accreditation of this institution, you can call 800.621.7440 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOSU is #7 on the list for Best AACSB online MBA programs.
Southeastern Oklahoma State University serves as the state headquarters for Oklahoma Small Business Development Centers (OKSBDC). The network of OKSBDC is fully accredited by the National Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC). In 2011-2012 alone, OKSBDC assisted in the startup of 275 new Oklahoma businesses and assisted more than 4,000 small businesses in retaining an estimated 1,070 jobs.
Dr. Martin Bressler
John Massey Endowed Chair and Professor of Marketing & Management
Dr. Martin Bressler is a Professor of Marketing & Management and the John Massey Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. He has won numerous awards for teaching and research and has been a resource panel expert to the White House Conference on Small Business.
Dr. Kitty Campbell
Massey Professor and Department Chair
Dr. Campbell is a Massey Professor and Department Chair. She has a passion for teaching and has won multiple teaching excellence awards. She has also twice served as president of the Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
Dr. Han-Sheng Chen
Assistant Professor of Finance
Dr. Han-Sheng Chen is an Assistant Professor of Finance at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. He teaches in the online MBA programs.
Robert Howard, MBA
Instructor in Management & Marketing and MBA Director
Mr. Howard is an Instructor in Management & Marketing and MBA Director at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. He has been nominated for and received multiple teaching awards. He has 15 years of management experience and has been published in several publications.
Dr. Theresa Hrncir
Kay Massey Professor of Accounting
Dr. Theresa Hrncir is the Kay Massey Professor of Accounting at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. She has served on the teams that led the John Massey School of Business to gain ACBSP, and then AACSB, accreditation.
Dr. Courtney Kernek
Assistant Professor of Marketing
Dr. Courtney Kernek an Assistant Professor of Marketing at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. She also teaches courses in the online MBA program.
Rod Leird, MBA
Assistant Professor of Management
Mr. Leird is an assistant professor of management at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. With over 34 years of corporate experience, he brings real-world education to his teaching.
Dr. Ying-Chou Lin
Assistant Professor of Finance
Dr. Lin is an Assistant Professor of Finance at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. He has won an outstanding teaching award and published papers in several research journals. One of his greatest passions is teaching.
Dr. Larry J. Prather
John Massey Endowed Chair and Professor of Finance
Dr. Larry J. Prather is a John Massey Endowed Chair & Professor of Finance at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. He has been nominated for the Teaching Excellence Award by his students in seven of the last eight years. He has published dozens of articles in peer-reviewed academic finance journals and served in various finance organizations.
Dr. Lawrence Silver
John Massey Endowed Chair and Professor of Marketing
Dr. Lawrence Silver is a John Massey Endowed Chair and Professor of Marketing at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. He has 20 years of management experience and has co-authored books on market research and healthcare marketing and management.
Dr. Robert Stevens
John Massey Professor of Business
Dr. Robert Stevens is a John Massey Professor of Business at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. He teaches in the online MBA program.
Be inspired by the stories of the Southeastern Oklahoma State University MBA students and alumni who share their experiences.
"If you just work hard, you can achieve anything. I just don't want anybody to hold back because they don't think they're capable of making it through. I worked as a graduate assistant, I worked at the bank, and I even did a side job. I did three jobs while I was going to school getting my MBA."
—Sarah Roberts, MBA in Management online
"I was working full-time on my dad's ranch; I was an undergrad student and taking online MBA classes; I was working as a graduate assistant for 20 hours a week. I learned pretty quickly how to manage time." Now, at age 23, Emily is an MBA graduate and a small business owner.
—Emily Robinson, MBA in Entrepreneurship online
"I always wanted to earn an MBA -- even after I finished my undergrad. You've got to have a passion when you're going to school to push yourself through it. You've got to find something that is going to push you until the end that you actually want."
—Chauncey Ward, MBA in Entrepreneurship online
"The classes that required the most writing … I dreaded them at the time, but they improved my writing skills. I'm just so thankful now that Dr. C.W. Von Bergen and Dr. Martin Bressler just really pushed and encouraged me, as well. That was pivotal for me, as far as my writing."
—Julia Boyd, MBA in Management online
"Just be diligent and disciplined. That's what you've got to do. It's online, so if you don't do it, it won't get done. You've got to have a significant other or loved one in your life who will get behind you and push you. And you've got to have the right instructors. At Southeastern, I never had a bad instructor. Not one."
—Ronnie Coppedge, MBA in Management online
SOSU Says... Watch This!
MBA Videos on Marketing, Business Operations, and Entrepreneurship
Our SOSU marketing and entrepreneurship professors know how to succeed in business because they've really tried it. That real-world experience gives the SOSU online MBA programs an inside perspective into the success strategies and potential pitfalls of starting and sustaining a business. In these episodes of the "SOSU Says" video series, professors Martin Bressler, Lawrence Silver and Courtney Kernek provide an insider look at their classes and explain the true-life applications of their teachings.
Collaboration in online learning
You're not alone in SOSU online MBA programs. Working in groups, even when you're not in the same room, fosters a sense of community and forms professional networks. Our professors explain.
Technology's effect on marketing
Leveraging technology is one of the greatest challenges in the marketing world. This round-table discussion includes professors from SOSU online MBA programs sharing some advice for developing brand loyalty.
What being a small-business owner taught me
SOSU marketing professor Lawrence Silver hasn't spent his entire career in a classroom. He brings valuable experience, and lessons learned, as a former small-business owner who knows the keys to success.
Keys to success in my class
You'll learn plenty about starting a small business from SOSU marketing professor Lawrence Silver, but he wants you to teach him something, too. Get some advice for getting ahead in SOSU online MBA programs.
I tell students what we've tried
In SOSU online MBA programs, not everything is in the textbook. SOSU marketing professor Dr. Courtney Kernek shares the story of her husband's transition from football player to successful entrepreneur.
Your personal brand
How do you market yourself? Try thinking of your personal brand. Can you keep up with the Kardashians? SOSU marketing professor Dr. Courtney Kernek offers some tips on cultivating your career.
The business plan is the blueprint
Do your dreams include someday starting a business of your own? SOSU entrepreneurship professor Dr. Martin Bressler explains how SOSU online MBA programs can help turn those ideas into reality.
Understand your customers
How well do small-business owners know the buying habits of their customers? And how can they better use their marketing dollars? SOSU entrepreneurship professor Dr. Martin Bressler shares some tips.