Dr. Bill R. Path
As the fourth president of Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology, Dr. Bill R. Path has been an outspoken champion of advanced technical education and STEM career pathways. Under his leadership, OSUIT's strategic plan focuses on developing and strengthening relationships between industry and academia to prepare a globally competitive workforce.
Some of Dr. Path's signature initiatives include the recent commissioning of several prototype virtual training modules using extended reality (XR) technology and the development of a three-dimensional campus environment for OSUIT to offer programs and services within the metaverse. He has also been instrumental in an award-winning adaptive reuse project in downtown Okmulgee, Oklahoma, where he led the university's efforts to purchase and revitalize historic buildings for modern student housing.
Before joining OSUIT, Path served as president of Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Nebraska, for ten years. In 2016, NECC named a new 63,000-square-foot residence hall in his honor. He previously served as vice president for academic and student affairs at Aims Community College in Greeley, Colorado, and as vice president of student services at Northeast Community College. He also held positions at NorthWest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville, Arkansas; at Kingwood College in Kingwood, Texas; and at North Harris County College in Houston, Texas.
Path received his Bachelor of Arts in Bible from Harding University, a Master of Science in educational psychology counseling from Texas A&M University, and a Doctor of Education in higher education administration from the University of Arkansas.
He is also the author of the motivational non-fiction book "Moments of Forever: Discovering the True Power and Importance of Your Life."