Farewell Reception for CASC President Garry M. Ivey
A farewell reception for Carl Albert State College President Garry M. Ivey took place at the Poteau campus on June 7th. Ivey announced in December, 2015 that he would be leaving the College in June of 2016.
Among special guests in attendance were members of the CASC Board of Regents and CASC Foundation Trustees as well as friends and family of President Ivey.
Prior to his Presidency, Ivey retired from CASC in August, 2012 after serving the College for 34 years. He returned to the College as Interim President and after seven months became President in July, 2013. In addition to President, his positions at CASC included Construction Management Instructor from August 1979 – June 1994; Department Chair for Technical Occupations Division from August 1982 – June 1994; he became the CEO of the Carl Albert State College Development Foundation in June 1994, and then added Assistant to the President to his position at the College from August 1979 – August, 2012. As Assistant to the President he was the Construction/Project Manager for both the Poteau and Sallisaw campuses.
His education background includes an Associate of Science Degree from Carl Albert State College (then Poteau Junior College), a Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Behavioral Studies from Southeastern Oklahoma State University, and additional graduate hours from the University of New Mexico, Northeastern State University, and Oklahoma State University.
Ivey stated he has been in this area for many years, and he and his wife Pam will continue to make Poteau their home. “Carl Albert State College has been part of my life for a long time. I am a graduate of Carl Albert, and Pam and our three children are too. Our oldest grandson is now a sophomore at CASC, so the tradition continues! I will miss being on campus, but I am excited and look forward to having more time to enjoy family and friends in the years ahead.” Ivey concluded, “I wish the best to everyone associated with the College now and in the future. Carl Albert State College is vital to the communities served, and success at CASC equals success across the region. I appreciate the opportunity to have been a part of Carl Albert for these many years.”
With President Ivey leaving, The CASC Board of Regents has selected Jay Falkner to take over the CASC Presidency on July 1, 2016.