Dr. Debbie Blanke has served the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education in Academic Affairs for fifteen years. In addition to her role in Academic Affairs, she is also the Executive Director of Campus Compact.
In her role with the State Regents, Debbie works with chief academic officers around the state, with responsibilities related to all academic offerings at each institution, academic policy, and coordinating international activities in partnership with the Governor’s International Team. Dr. Blanke also represents the agency on the working groups for the Governor’s Council on Workforce and Economic Development addressing statewide workforce development issues with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. She works on statewide initiatives for expanding educational opportunities for health care students in nursing and allied health professions, serving as the Chancellor’s designee to the Oklahoma Health Care Workforce Center Board, and is also the State Regents’ staff liaison for operation of the Reach Higher program, Oklahoma’s statewide degree completion initiative. She works closely with the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technical Education on Cooperative Agreement Programs offered as collaborations between higher education institutions and technology centers. Responsibilities related to Campus Compact administration include supporting member institutions (35 public and private institutions in Oklahoma) in efforts to engage faculty and students in solving problems in the community through curriculum and increasing student participation in the democratic process and service.
Prior to working with the State Regents, Dr. Blanke worked in student services, specifically in residence life programs, at three state institutions. She earned her doctorate degree in Higher Education from Oklahoma State University. Debbie is a Cameron University alumna with a Master of Science in Behavioral Sciences, and her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education was granted by Oklahoma State University. She has accumulated over 25 years of working and teaching experiences in Oklahoma higher education institutions, including a research university, regional universities, and a community college.
Dr. Blanke and her husband of 27 years, Ray, have a 21-year old son who completed two associate degrees at an Oklahoma rural community college and is now seeking his bachelor’s degree. Dr. Blanke is active in her local church, having served as a church Elder and in other leadership roles, including representative on the Youth Ministry Advisory Council. She is a member of Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium, a past Oklahoma Quality Award Examiner, a member of the Educator’s Leadership Academy Class of 2012-13, a member of the Governor’s Executive Development Program for State Officials Class of 2014, and was named among the “50 Women Making A Difference in Oklahoma” by the Journal Record for 2013.
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