Jay Falkner became the 10th President of Carl Albert State College (CASC) on July 1, 2016.
Falkner has worked at Carl Albert since 2002, serving in a number of jobs and leadership roles including Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management, Director of Title III & Enrollment and Retention, Coordinator of the University Center, Scholars Program, Student Conduct, Intramural Sports, and Upward Bound. Prior to joining CASC, he worked at Northeastern State University as a Facilitator for College Strategies Program, an Interviewer for the Redmen Ambassadors and Honors Program, and a Recruiter. Falkner replaces Garry M. Ivey as CASC President.
President Falkner’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resources Management plus a minor in General Business from Northeastern State University. He also holds a Masters of Education from East Central University, and is at the “all but dissertation” status on a Doctorate of Education from the University of Arkansas.
Community is important to President Falkner. He currently serves as a board member of the Kiamichi Technology Center Advisory Committee, a board member of the Leflore County Coalition for Healthy Living, a board member and treasurer of Pervasive Parenting Center of southeast Oklahoma, and a coach/volunteer for the Leflore County Soccer Association.
President Falkner shared, “Carl Albert State College has always been an important part of my life. My dad taught for the College, and I practically grew up on campus. My dream job has now become reality starting July 1, 2016 as CASC President. To be added to the prestigious list of CASC Presidents that goes back to Elbert Costner as the first president of the College in 1941 is an honor and privilege.” Costner served as both President of then Poteau Junior College and Superintendent of Poteau Schools.
Falkner and his wife Kelly live in Panama along with their children, Mikaila and Aidan.