In 2014, Oklahoma State University appointed Gary Sandefur Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs. He returned home to Oklahoma, from the University of Wisconsin where he served as Dean of Letters and Science and was a Professor of Sociology.
Sandefur, a proud member of the Chickasaw Nation, was the first American Indian to be named Dean at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to this position, Sandefur served many roles at the university, including Professor of Sociology, Associate Vice Chancellor, Interim Provost and Director of the American Indian Studies Program.
"There is a general awareness among not just the Chickasaw leadership, but among the Chickasaw people that getting an education and going as far as you can prepares you to be a better leader in today's world," Sandefur said.
Sandefur obtained his Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of Oklahoma, and completed his Ph.D. in sociology from Stanford University in 1978.