Keynote Speakers

Dr. Lisa Weis 

Lisa Weis

Dr. Lisa Weis serves as the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at OSU Institute of Technology. Prior to her appointment on September 17, 2021, Dr. Weis joined the OSUIT community as Dean for the School of Arts, Sciences & Health. As Dean, Dr. Weis positively contributed to the financial stability of the university and increased student success and retention rates. Additionally, Dr. Weis serves as a Peer Corps member for the Higher Learning Commission, site visitor for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, reviewer for the Alliance for Higher Education in Prison, committee member for the Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability Bias Review Committee, volunteer for Junior Achievement of Oklahoma, and Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in foster care.

Dr. Weis has published several refereed journal articles and made multiple state, national, and international presentations. Her most recent grant writing efforts provided approximately $1.2 million to increase educators’ participation in urban agricultural experiences and to promote academic success for middle school students in highly diverse, low-income areas. Throughout her career, Dr. Weis has earned multiple accolades including the Vision of Excellence Award, Dean’s Award for Pedagogy/Andragogy, Faculty Service Award, Alumni Association Award for Professionalism in the Classroom, Dean’s Award for Service, and, perhaps her most cherished award, the Langston University Student Body Award for Outstanding Academic Leadership.

Dr. Weis earned a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, MBA in Business Administration with an emphasis in Strategic Communication, M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction, and B.S. in Family Relations and Child Development. She holds a CSSC Certified Green Belt, Oklahoma and National Board teaching certifications, and has over 25 years of teaching and administrative experience in public schools and higher education.

Student Respondent

Skylar Raine Thomas

Skylar Raine Thomas

Skylar Raine Thomas from Henryetta, Oklahoma is graduating from the School of Arts, Sciences & Health with an Associate in Science in Allied Health Sciences.
Thomas graduated from Henryetta High School in the spring of 2021 as valedictorian and class president of her graduating class. She is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success and the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and is graduating with honors, summa cum laude.
She received a total of $3,500 in scholarships to help fund her education, including a $1,000 scholarship from the Henryetta Masonic Lodge.
Thomas has been accepted into the OSUIT Nursing program and will begin classes in the spring to continue her education. Upon the completion of Associate in Applied Science in Nursing from OSUIT, Raine plans to transfer to OSU Stillwater to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Nursing.