OU Vice President Honored with Scholarship

James P. Pappas, vice president for outreach and dean of the College of Liberal Studies at the University of Oklahoma, was honored with a scholarship in his name by the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame. Pappas was presented with the scholarship on November 19 at the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame Class of 2015 Induction in Oklahoma City.

The James P. Pappas Scholarship honors Dr. James P. Pappas for his tireless dedication to and support of the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame and for his far-reaching contributions to the field of continuing education. The scholarship is an annual award made by the Hall of Fame to an adult education major who is working toward the completion of a higher education degree.

“I am very proud to receive this honor,” Pappas said. “Certainly I am grateful for the personal recognition, but equally I appreciate the light that this scholarship shines on the field of adult and continuing education and on the Hall of Fame itself.”

Pappas, executive director of the Hall of Fame and a member of the 1997 induction class, has been a member of the Hall of Fame’s board of directors from its beginning. He is an international leader in adult and continuing education with more than 40 years of experience transforming the lives of nontraditional students. As vice president of OU Outreach, he heads a lifelong learning organization that serves more than 250,000 participants with degree programs, distance and online courses, business and executive programs, and conferences and workshops. Outreach also administers many large federal and state education training grants and contracts. In addition, Pappas is a professor in Educational Psychology and Liberal Studies. In 2014, he was awarded Professor Honoris Causa from the University of Bucharest, Romania.

In addition to his academic work, Pappas has served as an officer on numerous community service and professional association boards, president of both the University Professional and Continuing Education Association and the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs and executive vice president of the Association for Continuing Higher Education.