Academic Council

Academic Council

Mark Allen

Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences

Mark Allen, PhD, is the dean of the School of Arts & Sciences at OSU Institute of Technology.

He earned a PhD in Agriculture in 1999 from Oklahoma State University, a master’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resource Management and Marketing from Pittsburg State University, a master’s degree in Animal Science from Kansas State University, and a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and Industry from Kansas State University.

Prior to working for OSU Institute of Technology, he served as the Director of College Advancement for Coffeyville Community College; Department Head and Assistant Professor for the Mathematics and Science Department for Rogers State University; Agriculture Department Head for Northwestern Oklahoma State University; Technical Marketing Representative for Eagle Picher Industries; and District Livestock Extension Specialist Michigan State University.

David Files

Director of Academic Excellence & Distance Learning

David Files, Director of Academic Excellence & Distance Learning

David Files serves as the director of Academic Excellence & Distance Learning for the OSU Institute of Technology in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.

David earned a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Education in Instructional Technology.

Displaying a love and aptitude for technology from a young age, David programmed in BASIC and played Parsec on his first computer, a Texas Instruments 99/4a. He felt like a real programmer when he was able to save his work on a tape drive that used standard audio cassettes as the media.

David parlayed that technological bent into a Science teaching degree. After a few years of teaching in public schools in Texas and Oklahoma, David moved into the educational software industry. He served many field roles including consultant, trainer, implementation specialist and senior curriculum specialist. A decade or so of fieldwork passed and a move inside the corporate structure was offered and accepted. David earned promotions to manager, senior manager and several different director levels.

In 2016, the offer to join OSUIT came along. David welcomed the chance to return to public education and serve the academic staff in this new role.

Abul Hasan

Dean of the School of Engineering Technologies
Interim Dean of the School of Energy Technologies

Dr. Abul Hasan grew up in Bangladesh and earned his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in 1975.

Hasan worked as an engineer in his home country and in Libya before coming to the United States to attend the University of North Dakota, where he earned his Master of Science in 1984, and the University of Wyoming to earn his doctorate in Electrical Engineering in 1988.

He then took his knowledge and experience to the classroom and has taught at universities in the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, as well as the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, where he was on the faculty for nearly 20 years. Hasan came to OSUIT in the fall of 2013 to serve as dean of the School of Engineering Technologies.

Terryl Lindsey

Dean of the School of Diesel & Heavy Equipment
Interim Dean of the School of Automotive Technologies

Terryl Lindsey serves as dean of the School of Diesel & Heavy Equipment at OSU Institute of Technology.

His educational credentials and industry-specific certifications include an Associate of Applied Science in Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technology from OSUIT in 1983, an Associate of Arts in General Studies from Connors State College in 2001, a Bachelor of Science in Technical and Industrial Education from Oklahoma State University in 2003, and a Master of Science in Teaching, Learning, and Leadership with emphasis on Administration & Curriculum Development from Oklahoma State University in 2005. He is also recognized with an Oklahoma Teaching Certification for Trade/Industrial Education, grades 6-12, a Technology Center Standard Administrator Credential and an Oklahoma Teaching Certification for Secondary Principal.

Lindsey has been employed with OSUIT since 1995 when he began as a faculty instructor for the Heavy Equipment Vehicle Institute. Since then, he has also been Lead Instructor for both the ATC Freightliner Technology Program and the MHC Kenworth Truck Technology Program. Before serving as dean, Terryl was the Assistant Division Chair for the Heavy Equipment and Vehicle Institute from 2011 to 2015.

He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the School of Diesel & Heavy Equipment. His leadership efforts have served the industry well, also serving in several advisory roles. He is currently serving on the Diesel Technology Advisory Board for Central Technology Center and Kiamichi Technology Center. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Occupational Education from Oklahoma State University.

Gene Leiterman

Dean of the School of Culinary Arts
Interim Dean of the School of Information Technologies

In 2003 Chef Gene Leiterman and his wife opened CocoFlow Chocolate Fountains, a small catering business featuring chocolate fountain rentals. CocoFlow Chocolatier became Oklahoma’s Premier Chocolate Artisan offering premium chocolates, decadent desserts, custom chocolate sculptures and chocolate classes in their studio.

Leiterman is a completely self-taught artisan chocolatier. Before CocoFlow’s doors were opened, Leiterman relied on intensive research and many hours of practice to perfect his chocolate techniques. At an early age, he was passionate about food, and a casual culinary artist but he never indulged the dream of formal training. Instead, Leiterman opted for a degree in Zoology and continued an analytical approach pursuing his master’s degree in Statistics. After a career in the medical marketing industry and several years traveling around the country, Leiterman translated his experiences to his true passion--pastry & culinary arts.

In 2009, Chef Leiterman’s passion for teaching found a place in the culinary world when he accepted a part-time position with Platt College in Moore, Oklahoma teaching pastry arts. His classes were well received, as was his development of new curriculum for the program. In addition to owning and serving as chocolatier for CocoFlow, Gene served as Director of the Pastry Arts Program for Platt Colleges.

Most recently, Chef Leiterman led the Platt College Moore Campus as the Director of Education over a faculty of 16 and five program tracks. His leadership led to improved attrition and retention for the school as a whole.

Chef Leiterman finally took his culinary and administrative talents to OSUIT, where he now serves as the dean of the School of Culinary Arts.

Jana Martin

Dean of the School of Nursing & Health Sciences

Jana Martin is a graduate of OSU Institute of Technology, having graduated from here in 1986 with an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Secretarial Science. It is with this degree and employment that she found her true desire, which is nursing.

She graduated from CSC in 1992 and then went on to complete her Masters of Science in Nursing Education from the University of Oklahoma.

She has been in nursing education for 14 years. In 2013 she was honored by being selected by her peers in the Oklahoma Nurses Association as a candidate to be selected by the Governor of Oklahoma to the Oklahoma Board of Nursing. She resides in Morris, with her daughters Cheyanne and Codi, son-in-law Josh, and two granddaughters Tenli and Timber.

James McCullough

Dean of the School of Visual Communications

James McCullough, “Mac” to the folks here, has been in some way or another connected to OSU Institute of Technology for over 35 years. First as a student and graduate in Graphic Design in 1978, to coming back here to teach as an adjunct and then full time in late 1984.

He’s been planting seeds ever since. In fall 2010 he became Interim Dean; then in spring 2011, McCullough became dean for the School of Visual Communications. Trained as a graphic designer, in advertising and illustration, Mac has worked for agencies, design firms and corporations from Chicago and Milwaukee to Dallas and Houston, and most every city in-between. Be it single designs, small illustrations, cover illustrations or book series, McCullough has continued to work on a steady basis.

He enjoys bringing understanding of that skill set to the classroom. The last several years the work has grown… bigger… larger… huge! Maybe it’s just better fertilizer, but he’s now doing large scale murals that are going into churches and youth outlets all over the country. With his two daughters and lovely wife, Mac also maintains a full-time ranching operation with longhorn cattle and Suffolk sheep. If that’s not a man outstanding in his field, we don’t know what is!

Steve Olmstead

Dean of the School of Construction Technologies

Steve Olmstead graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Science. He became a faculty member in the OSU Institute of Technology Construction Management program in 1991—following several years in the construction industry.

While in the construction industry, one the companies he worked for was J.A. Jones Construction, which at the time was one of the largest general contractors in the world. During his employment with them, he worked on many projects. One of the construction projects Steve was on was a 79-story, $116 million, high-rise building in downtown Chicago, 311 South Wacker Drive. At the time, it was being built, it was the “World’s Largest Concrete Structure”.

Steve became dean of the School of Construction Technologies in 1994. He has been with OSUIT for 22 plus years and enjoys helping students who choose us as their career path.