State Education Leader Named TU Dean of Lifelong Learning

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Phillip ApplegateJ. Phillip Applegate, a longtime leader of education and distance learning in Oklahoma, has been named dean of lifelong learning at The University of Tulsa. He will begin his new role Feb. 14. 

Applegate will oversee TU’s Division of Lifelong Learning, which provides educational opportunities including credit programs, professional development, paralegal training, personal enrichment, e-learning and the university’s AP Summer Institute for secondary teachers.

He has more than three decades of experience in secondary and higher education, including 10 years as executive director of instructional technology and telecommunications with the Oklahoma State Department of Education. In this capacity, he oversaw the development of policy for technology integration and distance learning for Oklahoma public schools.

Since 2007, he has served as director of educational policy research for the state education department acting as liaison to the U.S. Department of Education and the Governor’s Office for educational programs under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). He also administered a federal Star Schools grant on behalf of the University of Oklahoma from 2005 to 2007.

Applegate has served as an adjunct professor in psychology at Rose State College in Midwest City, Okla., since 1994. He also has taught graduate education courses at University of Phoenix and the University of Oklahoma. He taught at the secondary level at both Chickasha (1981-95) and Velma-Alma (1980-81).

He is a past member of the board of directors for the Oklahoma Educational Technology Trust and the K20 Center of Educational and Community Renewal. His professional memberships include the State Educational Technology Directors Association, the International Society for Technology in Education, and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Applegate holds a doctorate in higher education administration and policy studies from OU, a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Central (Okla.) State University, and a bachelor’s degree in education from OU. He has published and presented on topics related to educational opportunities for rural students, distance education, and instructional technology among others.

“We are thrilled to have someone of Phil Applegate’s experience and vision assuming leadership of TU’s Lifelong Learning programs,” said Roger Blais, TU provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Applegate is married to Perri Applegate, who is presently serving as executive director of school support at the Oklahoma State Department of Education.  

David Hamby