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Five Minutes with ACHE: Executive Vice President for ACHE

March 20, 2017 4:58 PM | Kelli Smith (Administrator)

The ACHE home office would like to warmly welcome the Executive Vice President for ACHE and Interim Vice President for Outreach at the University of Oklahoma, Belinda P. Biscoe, Ph.D.

"Thank you for this tremendous opportunity to serve as Executive Vice President for ACHE while hosting the home office. I have been a long-time supporter of this remarkable national association and look forward to working with you to continue this meaningful work as reflected in our vision to be dedicated to the promotion of lifelong learning and excellence in continuing higher education through professional development, collegiality, and service as a means to enhance and improve society. I am excited for the future and for the possibilities it will afford us!" 
- Belinda P. Biscoe, Ph.D.

Trained as a research psychologist, Biscoe has nearly 30 years of experience with school- and community-based programs, including higher education as an administrator, researcher, and program developer. Among her areas of expertise are research and evaluation, administration and program development in higher education and common education, including school improvement and reform and early literacy, grant writing, diversity in the workplace, youth development, and substance abuse prevention and treatment. As Interim Vice President, she bears responsibility for over thirty-one program units employing close to 600 professionals. These departments focus on programs in higher education, common education, including early childhood, juvenile justice, disability education and training, social justice and human relations, executive training and team development, health and human services, public radio, social justice, American Indian education and health, research and evaluation, and substance abuse prevention.

Her strengths in working with large systems through partnerships, and helping them to reform and build capacity, are demonstrated in her work in education and the community, and have been the hallmark of her career. She is a national leader in the quest to aid local communities in their school programs, especially those designed to aid the disadvantaged. For three decades she has performed heroically as an administrator, a researcher, and an advocate for reaching out to disadvantaged youth, families, and communities. She is truly a systems thinker who sees how concepts and ideas link together, resulting in new learning and innovations.

Dr. Biscoe's collaborative spirit has been acknowledged by her appointment to the Regional Educational Laboratory – Southwest (REL Southwest) Board of Directors (2005-2012), where she served as Chair from 2010-2011.  Additionally, she was appointed from 2011-2013 to serve on ED’s National Advisory Board for the Office of Special Education (OSEP). She was appointed to an Educational Research Board for the Texas State Education Agency in 2008 by the Texas Commissioner of Education. 

Prior to her time at OU, Dr. Biscoe worked for eight years in the Oklahoma City Public School District as a senior research associate and Director for Federal and State Programs focusing on areas such as bilingual education, homeless education, safe and drug free schools, Indian Education, Title I, and Community Education. As a researcher, practitioner, and competitive grant writer, Dr. Biscoe has been able to blend scientific rigor successfully to TA work resulting in numerous awards. Her grant writing skills have resulted in over $150,000,000 in funding to the state of Oklahoma. She is co-founder of Eagle Ridge Institute, a non-profit, community-based drug and alcohol and treatment prevention agency and founder of Positive Tomorrows, a school for homeless youth and their families. She has received numerous awards, including the 2004 University of Continuing Education Association (UCEA) Award for Continuing Education Professionals, Kansas City, MO, recipient of the Journal Record Award for 50 Women Making a Difference in Oklahoma (Spring 2005), and the Adella Robertson National University Continuing Education Award, San Diego, California (Spring 2006). In 2015, for her significant contributions in education and the community, Dr. Biscoe was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame for Higher Education.

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