Outreach AVP to be Inducted into Oklahoma Hall of Fame
Belinda Biscoe, associate vice president of OU Outreach, will be honored by and inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Oklahoma City on October 12. Biscoe is among twelve individuals identified by the Oklahoma Higher Education Heritage Society as having excelled in higher education and who has encouraged others to contribute to the economic development and quality of life in Oklahoma.
Biscoe heads Outreach’s Public and Community Services division where she leads 16 individual departments and nearly 600 employees who provide a variety of services that support higher and common education, government, health and human services, training, workforce development and high-risk youth. The programs offered through these departments total some $44 million in gross revenues. During her career, to date, she has garnered more than $120 million in competitive grants and contracts.
A signature program led by Biscoe is the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE), an annual conference drawing 2,500 senior and mid-level higher education administrators, faculty, students, representatives of state and national institutes, associations, agencies, commissions, foundations and community-based agencies and organizations. NCORE touches, and has helped transform, entire campuses and is widely regarded as the leading and most comprehensive national forum on issues of race and ethnicity in American higher education.
During the course of her career, Biscoe has written and received funding for some 50 major grants, resulting in the application of millions of dollars to support initiatives for common education, nonprofit organizations and higher education. Her areas of expertise include higher education, nonprofit and public school administration; research and evaluation, school reform; mental health issues; substance abuse prevention; workforce development and lifespan developmental psychology.
“Dr. Biscoe is a true higher education innovator and this recognition by the Oklahoma Higher Education Heritage Society is a well-deserved honor,” said James Pappas, vice president for Outreach at the University of Oklahoma. “She has demonstrated herself as a great ambassador for the university, and the programs for which she is responsible have underscored Outreach’s mission of helping transform individuals, businesses, groups and communities through knowledge.”
The Oklahoma Higher Education Heritage Society was established in 1991 as a nonprofit organization to support awareness of higher education’s vital role in Oklahoma history. The society went on to establish the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame in 1994 to recognize and honor individuals, living or deceased, for outstanding meritorious service to higher education in the state. This year represents the 22nd year to honor higher education educators and administrators as well as those who support higher education with distinguished contributions.
The formal induction ceremony and banquet will be held on Monday, October 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. For more information about the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame or the Oklahoma Higher Education Heritage Society, visit www.ohehs.org.
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