OSU-Tulsa Emphasizes Outreach with New Asst. V. P.


OSU-Tulsa has named Emonica “Nekki” Reagan-Neeley as the new assistant vice president for community engagement and student service to highlight the importance of relationship building between the university and its neighbors. Reagan-Neeley has been working on campus for a total of 27 years, and has spent much of that time as the face of OSU-Tulsa’s outreach efforts.
Reagan-Neeley grew up in north Tulsa, went to Booker T. Washington High School and is familiar with families and faces across Greenwood.
According to Reagan-Neeley, it’s important for the university to consider the history, along with the cultural and socio-economic realities of today. “Community outreach allows us to assess, address and create opportunities for continuous learning and growth,” she says.
OSU-Tulsa President Pamela Fry made service to the community one of her top priorities since taking office and knew Reagan-Neeley was an obvious fit for this role.
“We need to be a positive force in the community,” Fry said. “Nekki embodies that value. I can’t think of a more natural champion for both the university and our neighbors than her.”
Reagan-Neeley has represented the university for years on boards like the Greenwood Cultural Center and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Society.
As an assistant vice president, Reagan-Neeley wants to develop more impactful projects like the recent Ellis Walker Woods Memorial for the university. One of the first moves Reagan-Neeley plans to make in her new position is to form a community action team to plan activities to give back to Greenwood and what it represents.
“The community is going to see more of us,” she said. “Whether that’s north, east, south or west, they have to know we are here. We are neighbors and we want to be a part of the growth process.”