Baser to be inducted into USAO Alumni Hall of Fame
He was once the “voice of the Drovers” – serving as announcer at USAO Basketball games. Today, you can call him “college president,” and this year Dr. Ric Baser will be inducted into the USAO Alumni Hall of Fame.Baser, a 1979 drama graduate from USAO, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame during Alumni Homecoming Nov. 10.Registrations are being accepted at the USAO Alumni Development Office, (405) 574-1290. An all-inclusive registration package is available for $65 per person through Oct. 25, which includes all meals.Additional information, including registration, is available online at usao.edu/alumni. He was named president of Northwest Vista College in San Antonio on Aug. 15.“I am overwhelmed and honored by the selection into this prestigious group of alumni,” Baser said. “I am a proud graduate, lifetime alumni member and former employee of this institution that has been instrumental in my success and 33-year career in higher education.”Baser was the vice president and chief academic officer at Tulsa Community College, where he led and provided fiscal guidance to six of the president’s cabinet members including campus provosts, associate vice presidents, deans and directors. He worked alongside 1,500 academic and student affairs employees.His prior experience also includes serving as vice president for academic affairs at Rose State College and Seminole State College, instructor at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University and two positions at USAO – director of alumni and school relations and director of school relations and student activities.Baser holds a master of arts in speech from Oklahoma State University and a doctor of education in higher education administration from Oklahoma State University.He was the 2013 recipient of the Service Award from the Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges as “The Golden Voice” of the All Oklahoma Team Luncheon, and the 2008 recipient of the Phi Theta Kappa Hallmark Award for Distinguished College Administrator. Baser was the first recipient of the Young Alumni Hall of Fame Award (Rising Star Award) from Oklahoma State University in 1999.He was listed on the National Deans’ List in 1991-92, was named to the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society at Oklahoma State University and received the Robert B. Kamm Distinguished Graduate Fellowship, Educational Administration and Higher Education Department, Oklahoma State University in 1991.Baser has served with numerous college and community service organizations including the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Oklahoma Academy for State Goals, Tulsa Area Workforce Investment Board, Vision 2 Grassroots Committee, Tulsa County Area Superintendent’s Association, Theatre Tulsa Advisory Board, Tulsa CAP Neighborhood Promise Advisory Committee and many others. He is a graduate of Leadership Tulsa.