Dr. Susan C. Barber
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Susan C. Barber entered her twenty-ninth year at Oklahoma City University in August 2011 as Acting Provost, and she was named provost in April of 2012. For twenty years she served as a member of the faculty before joining the OCU administration as assistant vice president for academic affairs in 2003. Barber was raised in Anson, Texas, and received a bachelor's degree in biology from Howard Payne University in 1974, a master's degree in botany from Oklahoma State University in 1975, and a Ph.D. in botany from the University of Oklahoma in 1980. She joined the faculty of Sam Houston State University in 1979 before returning to Oklahoma to join the faculty at OCU in 1983.
Barber has served as chair of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee and was chair of biology for seventeen years prior to her appointment to her position in academic affairs. She has served on almost every major university committee in her tenure at OCU and has been honored with several teaching awards. Barber was promoted to associate vice president for academic affairs in 2005, to associate provost in 2006, and to acting provost and vice president for academic affairs in 2010. She is past president of the Oklahoma Academy of Science and serves as the assistant editor for Flora Oklahoma Incorporated, which has published a book widely used by botanists at other institutions in Oklahoma. Other professional activities include membership and participation in American Society of Plant Taxonomists, Botanical Society of America, and Southwestern Association of Naturalists.
At Oklahoma City University, Barber has been directly involved in the development of the university strategic plan, the faculty mentoring program, the student success program and university assessment. In concert with colleagues across the campus, Barber worked to develop the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and the interdisciplinary OIKOS scholars program. Working with the university registrar, she helped to guide development of online enrollment, electronic transfer articulation and Web for Faculty.
Barber is married to Dr. David P. Nagle, who serves on the faculty at the University of Oklahoma.