The Edmond Sun

May 7, 2013

Rose State College president to give farewell commencement


Special to The Sun

OKLA. CITY — Rose State College President Terry Britton, whose career at the college spans more than 40 years, will deliver his farewell commencement speech before graduates at 7 p.m. Friday.

As in the past, this year’s commencement will take place at the First Southern Baptist Church at 6400 S. Sooner Road in Oklahoma City.

Britton joined Rose State College two years after its beginning, when it was Oscar Rose Junior College. During his tenure, Rose State went from an enrollment of about 2,000 to more than 11,000 today. Britton became president in 2006.

Britton has served as a professor of English and director of the Learning Resource Center as well as president. A lifelong Oklahoman from Anadarko, Britton has published numerous works, including a recent volume of poetry titled, “Along the Washita,” about his days growing up there. Britton asked faculty to use creativity and artistry to look forward and plan for the next steps of the college.

Jeanie Webb will step up July 1 to become the seventh president of Rose State College, the first woman to fill the position. Webb has served as Rose State’s vice president of student affairs for 12 years. The Rose State College Board of Regents named Webb as president in March.