Sean Burrage was named the 20th President of Southeastern Oklahoma State University on May 15, 2014, by the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents. He began his duties on July 1, 2014.
A Durant native, Burrage, completed his second term as an Oklahoma State Senator (District 2) in May 2014. He did not seek a third term in office.
While an attorney by profession, the legal field, public service, and higher education have all played important roles in Burrage’s life. He earned his Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1993. In addition, he holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from OU. He is a product of the Antlers Public Schools.
Burrage was elected to the Oklahoma State Senate in 2006, representing District 2 (Mayes and Rogers counties). In November 2011, he was elected Democratic Floor Leader after serving as Assistant Democratic Leader for the 52nd Oklahoma Legislature.
He received numerous awards and honors while serving in the Legislature, including being named “Best Newcomer Legislator of the Year’’ by the Higher Education Council, and “2013 Legislator of the Year’’ by the Oklahoma Association for Justice.
Burrage served as Legislative Director to United States Senator David Boren in Washington, D.C., and later as Special Assistant and Director of State and Federal Relations to President Boren at the University of Oklahoma.
He has served as a board member of the University Hospitals Authority and Trust at the OU Medical Center. Active in his community, Burrage served on the Board of Directors for Tri-County CASA and as President of “Share the Spirit,’’ a local charity that has assisted numerous families. He was named Tri-County CASA Attorney of the Year in 2001 in recognition of his pro bono representation of minor children in the juvenile court system.
In 2011, Burrage was a member of the Joint Committee on Indian Tribal-State Relations. He has also served as a Delegate to the American Council of Young Political Leaders and also designated as a member of the 2008 Class of Aspen-Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership.
In addition to his standing committee assignments, Burrage was appointed as Minority Co-Vice Chairman of the Senate Redistricting Committee. He was also chosen to be a member of the Select Committee on Pensions.
Burrage is a member of The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
He and his wife Carole have two sons, Truman, 17, and Carter, 10.