NORMAN—Dr. Belinda Biscoe, senior associate vice president of diversity at the University of Oklahoma, has been named president of the board of directors of the Oklahoma Higher Education Heritage Society.
Her term begins in January.
She will replace Dr. John Fearer, president of the University of science & Arts of Oklahoma.
The board works to preserve and promote the heritage of Oklahoma higher education.
Board members are elected at the group’s annual December meeting and serve two-year terms and officers serve one-year terms.
Dr. Biscoe was named to the society’s Hall of Fame in 2015 and was named to the board in 2016.
She said being named board president is an especially high honor since the society “has meant so much to me and my family.”
“My Mom returned to college when I was 5 years-old,” she recalled. “She matriculated at Spelman College, a historically Black college for women in Atlanta.
“I still remember attending her graduation and the profound impact her achievement had on me.”
“Watching at least 300 African-American women walk down the aisle of Sisters Chapel at Spelman to receive their degrees to the organ sounds of ‘Pomp and Circumstance’ left an inescapable memory on my young mind about the impact of higher education on the lives of women like my Mom,” Dr. Bisco continued.
“The Oklahoma Higher Education Heritage Society’s mission to maintain Oklahoma’s higher education history and to heighten awareness about higher education’s critical role in enhancing every aspect of our state, economically, culturally and socially, is a mission I completely support and believe is important to our state’s growth, strength and the quality of life for every Oklahoman.”
Dr. Biscoe said, “While it’s an honor to be part of the society’s Hall of Fame, I’m especially looking forward to advancing the society’s mission as president of the board.”
She said her plans to keep past hall inductees connected and working with the board.