Dr. Pat Swails, OCU Provost

Dec 17, 2007 by     No Comments    Posted under: November/December

By Kathy Kerr

Dr. Pat Swails has been at Oakland City since 1975 and was
recently named to the position of Provost. Dr. Swails received
her B.A. from Oakland City College, her M.A. from
California State University, and a Ph.D. from Indiana State.
She is originally from St. Louis, Missouri and is the oldest of
six children; she has five younger brothers. Dr. Swails has
two daughters, one of which is Dr. Wright who works in the
math department, and she is the proud grandmother of three.
Dr. Swails and her husband returned to Oakland City to start
a technical school at the college. Her husband was the Dean
of the School of Technology at the time. Dr. Swails has filled
many roles at OCU. She started teaching in 1992 and has
taught in every school at the university besides the School of
Technology which no longer exists.

Dr. Swails enjoys her job as Provost where she works as a
liaison between students and faculty and the administration.
She makes sure students graduate on time, monitors curriculum,
and is in charge of accreditation. She also works with
the state to publicize OCU and make it visible beyond Oakland

Besides being Provost, she is also the Dean of the school of
Education and the Director of Upward Bound. While filling
all these positions, Dr. Swails still finds time to teach in the
masters, doctorate, and education leadership programs for a
combined six hours a semester. Dr. Swails enjoys the people
with whom she works as well as the students she assists, even
though her many jobs keep her busy full time. It seems almost
impossible that one person can fill so many roles, but
Dr. Swails truly has a heart for her work and has been a great
advocate for the university.

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