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Boomer W. Appleman knows the ins and outs of institutional organization, operations and governance.

Now Appleman brings that understanding as East Central University’s new Dean of Students for 2012-13.

Appleman replaces Bronson Warren, who was Dean of Students since 2005.

“I am deeply committed to enhancing the personal and educational development of all students,” said Appleman. “Throughout my tenure in higher education, I have demonstrated my advocacy for and commitment to student development and personal academic success.”

Appleman comes to ECU from Northern Oklahoma College in Enid, where he served as deputy chief administrative officer and chief student affairs officer for the campus since 2003. His operational oversight included: counseling and career services, residential life, campus security, campus life and student government.

“He’ll be a great fit here. He’s been a dean for the last eight years and comes with a lot of experience and enthusiasm. He’s excited about meeting our students and adding to our community,” said Dr. Jerry Forbes, ECU Vice President for Student Development. “It’s an evolving position and there’s lots of room for his personal touch and philosophy.”

Some of his specific duties and roles at NOC-Enid, included advising and counseling innumerable students and parents and consulting with hundreds of faculty and administrative staff on almost every conceivable aspect of college life and experience.

“I have interceded on behalf of students in personal, professional and academic distress, trying to find or facilitate an acceptable resolution within the constraints of institutional policy. I am unwavering in my dedication to student success,” Appleman said.

He has over a decade of progressive experience which includes: supervision of employees, allocation and management of fiscal resources, strategic planning and crisis response and management.

Appleman is confident in his abilities to help ECU in its quest retention and graduation rates.

“I am strongly committed to student retention. Even in my capacity as judicial officer, I make every attempt to retain students and provide each the opportunity to realize their personal and academic goals. I believe that I can provide the ingenuity and leadership necessary to improve both student retention and graduation rates,” said Appleman.

Prior to his Dean of Students position at NOC-Enid, he was the Director of Student Activities from 2002-03. He also served as faculty liaison there from 2001-03 and was a tenured faculty member from 1999-2003. He also held an adjunct faculty position for Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s Enid branch.

Appleman is working on his doctorate degree in Higher Education Administration from Oklahoma State University. He received his master’s degree in Adult Education and Community Service from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond in 2000 and has a bachelor’s of science degree from Oklahoma State in 1992. He got his associate’s degree in business administration from Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa in 1990.

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