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The Oklahoma State University (OSU) Transfer Success Advisory Board (TSAB) is committed to eliminating barriers and inequities in transfer for all transfer students while improving the transfer student experience from point of inquiry through graduation and beyond.


The OSU-TSAB will create a culture of excellence around transfer that is holistic in nature, provides wrap-around support, and is inclusive of all transfer students regardless of their unique backgrounds and life experiences.


Executive Board

Executive Board Member positions are for a full academic year from July-June. The Board will be responsible for forming working committees for each academic year that are in alignment with Oklahoma State University's larger strategic goals.


Chair: Dr. Doug  Hallenbeck, Vice President of Student Affairs

Co-Chair: Cheryl Kleeman, Director Transfer and Student Veteran Success

Chair and Co-Chair positions will be assigned by the Provost's Office and the Vice President of Academic Affairs. 

OSU Tulsa Liaison: Beverly Morris, Director of Academic Advising

This position is responsible for ensuring OSU Tulsa has an active voice in the TSAB, meeting regularly with OSU Tulsa staff and faculty to disseminate information and results of TSAB activities, and ensuring OSU Tulsa has representation on the various working committees. This position will be appointed by OSU Tulsa leadership.

Institutional Research Liaison: Larry Burns, Associate Director Institutional Research and Analytics

This position will be appointed by the Division of Institutional Research and Analytics. This role will assist with any data requests that the Executive Board or Working Committees need as part of their annual review of the transfer student experience.

University Assessment Liaison: Kelva Hunger, Associate Director Assessment and Analysis

This position will be appointed by University Assessment and Testing. This role will assist with any surveys or other assessment requests that the Executive Board or Working Committees need as part of their annual review of the transfer student experience.


The following positions are filled filled through a nomination process that begins in April of each academic year:


Secretary: Victor Baeza, Library Graduate Initiatives and Engagement Coordinator

This position is responsible for setting up meetings, taking notes, responding to emails in the TSAB service account, keeping track of membership in the TSAB, and other administrative duties as needed. 

Faculty Liaison: Kevin Drees, Associate Professor and Engineering Librarian

This position will interact with faculty in all academic colleges, respond to faculty questions and concerns, and recommend opportunities for professional development for faculty about transfer student needs and challenges. This position needs to be filled by a faculty member. 

Staff Liaisons: Mary Mach, Academic Advisor College of Education and Human Sciences

This position will be responsible for responding to questions from staff about transfer students and will recommend professional development opportunities for staff on transfer student needs and challenges.

Student Liaisons: Amber Revels, B.F.A. Studio Art, Victoria Turner, B.S. Civil Engineering

This position will be filled by a transfer student who has completed at least 12 credit hours at OSU. This position will work closely with transfer students, student organizations, and the general student body on addressing the needs and concerns of the transfer student population at OSU.

Working Committees:

Working Committees will be established for each academic year on topics that are discussed and voted on by the Executive Board.


In the 2021-2022 Academic Year four areas of concentration were identified for enhanced impact on Oklahoma State University’s continued efforts to achieve a culture of excellence for transfer students. OSU-TSAB members provided guidance/feedback on the work of all four committees. The committees are currently outlined as follows:

  • Admissions/Onboarding

    This group will be examining the admissions and onboarding process of transfer students from point of inquiry through orientation and enrollment. They will be looking at the policies and practices and then evaluating to see what is working well, where improvements can be made, and to see if there are gaps. They will evaluate these through the lens of professional staff and the student experience to ensure that they are effective, relevant and equitable.

    • Jennifer McClendon, Associate Director Undergraduate Admissions
    • Linda Millis, Associate Director of Client Services, Financial Aid
    • Libby Reigh, Associate Director Undergraduate Admissions
    • Lindsey Brownlow, Assistant Director Orientation and Transition, First Year Success
    • Megan Pitt, Manager of Recruitment, OSU Tulsa
    • Deb VanOverbeke, Assistant Dean Ferguson College of Agriculture
    • James Powell, Assistant Director Recruitment Services, Undergraduate Admissions
    • Kiersten Bent, Transfer Student Ambassador, B.S. Communication Sciences and Disorders
    • Baylee Bowen, Transfer Student Ambassador, B.S. Agribusiness
  • Retention/Completion

    This working group will look at qualitative and quantitative data on transfer student retention and completion. They will evaluate the infrastructure in place to support the retention and completion of transfer students from the high level university-wide view to the specific events and activities of individual offices and academic colleges. They will identify barriers, challenges, and successes for transfer students and staff.

    • Andrew Doust, Associate Dean College of Arts and Sciences
    • Marissa McIntyre, Spears Director of Student Academic Services
    • Rita Peaster, Registrar
    • Kathryn Gage, Executive Director Student Affairs
    • Beverly Morris, Director of Academic Advising, OSU Tulsa
    • Toby Nelson, Associate Professor, Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Engagement

    This group will examine how and where transfer students are engaging in activities on campus, whether there is passive engagement, how we can improve engagement, and how that engagement affects persistence, retention and transfer student success. 

    • Brian Blevins, Non-Traditional Student Coordinator
    • Leon McClinton, Director University Housing
    • Todd Misener, Chief Wellness Officer
    • Vincent Rivera, Student Veteran Success Coordinator
    • J.J. Smith, Assistant Director Student Services, OSU Tulsa
    • Simon Ringsmuth, Associate Professor, Library
    • Jennifer Eisensmith, Academic Advisor, College of Education and Human Sciences
    • Elise Gonzales, Transfer Student Ambassador, B.S. Biology
    • Sunny Li, Transfer Student Ambassador, B.S. Agribusiness
  • Communication Flow

    This group will look at all the types of communication that transfer students receive and whether or not that communication is effective. They will identify gaps in how we communicate with transfer students, where the natural places are for transfer specific communication to be included in the university-wide communication plan, and where we can improve. They will develop a transfer specific communication flow from point of enrollment through graduation for all transfer students that takes into account the unique needs of transfer students, the academic colleges they are enrolled in, and the type of campus they are enrolled in.

    • Cheryl Kleeman, Director Transfer and Student Veteran Success
    • Erin Petrotta, Director of Marketing and Student Communications
    • Amy Martindale, CAS Assistant Dean Academic Services
    • Amy Gazaway, CEHS Director of Recruitment and Retention
    • Susan Tolbart, Director Enrollment Development, OSU Tulsa
    • Rhiannon Dennis, Clinical Counselor, University Counseling Services
    • Bryanna Robbins, Transfer Student Ambassador, B.S. Architecture
    • Brian Sterne, Transfer Student Ambassador, B.S. Finance

Standing Members:

These are interested parties from across campus who choose to participate in the TSAB, but do not have any specific duties as part of the Executive Board or Working Committees. This is a non-voting role.

Matt Beck, Associate Director Wellness Programs

Brenda Morales, Director Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation

Carisa Ramming, CEAT Assistant Dean of Engagement and Inclusion

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