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Western announces new Vice President for Student Affairs


Aug 29, 2022 -- maegan.martin
Keila Manos, Vice President for Student Affairs
Keila Manos, Vice President for Student Affairs

Effective July 1, Western Oklahoma State College named Dr. Keila Manos Vice President for Student Affairs. Manos, a Navajo High School graduate, brings more than 15 years of higher education experience to Western Oklahoma State College. While at Western Manos has been a valuable asset in student services, serving as the Director of Student Success and Assistant Registrar, as well as, an Adjunct Sociology Instructor.  “I am thrilled to be able to move home and serve the community. I look forward to working with the students, faculty, and staff at Western and contributing to southwest Oklahoma’s future,” said Manos.

“When Dr. Manos joined the Western family in 2020, she brought to campus a wealth of experience from her tenure at multiple institutions of higher education.  As Western's director of student success, she has been instrumental in transforming internal processes to provide enhanced services for students.  Her innovative spirit and unwavering work ethic will be invaluable to our executive team,” said Dr. Chad Wiginton, WOSC President.    

Manos began her career in higher education at the College of Arts & Sciences, the University of Missouri-Kansas City holding the position of Scholarship Coordinator/Academic Advisor. She continued academic advising at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. After her move back to her home state of Oklahoma, she held the positions of Registrar at Oklahoma State University- Oklahoma City and Associate Registrar at Oklahoma State University- Stillwater.

Manos earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Oklahoma State University, her master’s in education in Educational Leadership from Oklahoma State University and Sociology from Arizona State University and her doctorate in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies from Oklahoma State University.  

Reporting directly to the president, Manos will oversee a division composed of multiple departments relating to student services including recruitment, admission, advising, enrollment, financial aid, counseling, federal grants, AAFB relations, and student government, while working with faculty and staff to ensure the college’s mission is accomplished effectively. One of her many goals includes helping Western’s students get the most of their Western experience as they prepare for further education or to enter the workforce.

 

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Rachel Randall has consistently demonstrated a profound commitment to her students, both academically and personally. The nominations submitted by students highlight her extraordinary impact on their educational experiences and personal growth. Here are some of the heartfelt comments from students who nominated her: 

"To me, this teacher has been one of the most caring teachers I know on campus, and I think is the most deserving of this award. Not only because they are an amazing teacher but also because they are the most caring human being. Anytime I need help with something they are always there to help me even if they don't know anything about it, they will learn about it just for me. They are always willing to go above and beyond for every single one of their students and I am completely grateful for that!" 

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Randall's dedication to her students is evident in every interaction, whether in the classroom or during one-on-one consultations. Her willingness to go the extra mile to ensure her students succeed is what makes her a truly remarkable educator and a deserving recipient of this year's Teacher of the Year award.

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