DURANT - Dr. Jeremy Blackwood, who most recently served as chair of Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s department of music, has been named dean of the university’s graduate school.

Blackwood has previously been music director for Opera Southeastern and was involved in annual production collaborations with Theatre at Southeastern. He also serves as resident music director for the Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival.

In his new role, Blackwood will work closely with vice president for academic affairs Dr. Teresa Golden, vice president for enrollment management Dr. Tim Boatmun, and the academic departments in developing and sustaining graduate programming. He will also retain some teaching duties.

"We are very pleased to have Dr. Blackwood as our new graduate dean,’’ Golden said. "He has been an excellent department chair, and is known for caring about students, as well as the entire campus community. His professionalism and positive attitude will be a real asset in serving our increasing number of graduate programs and students.’’

Blackwood earned his doctorate degree in musical arts and master’s degree in music from the University of North Texas, as well as a bachelor’s degree in music education from Arkansas State University. A native of Harrisburg, Arkansas, he joined the Southeastern faculty in 2010 and has served as chair of the music department since 2018.

"My colleagues and the students at Southeastern have been part of the fabric of my life and helped shaped my leadership for more than a decade," he said. "I am so grateful to have an opportunity to continue my advocacy for them on an administrative level.’’.