Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Distinguished Alumni

Norma Glasgow

Norma Holly Foreman Glasgow - 1991

Norma (Holly) Foreman Glasgow is the daughter of Mr. And Mrs. E.T. Holly of Hollis, Oklahoma.  She was one of five children who graduated from Southwestern.  Her brother, Earl, lives in Tulsa.  She has three sisters, Doris Shepperd of Carlsbad, N.M.; Jo Beth Roberts of Mustang; and Merle Hillburn of Hollis.  All five are graduates of Arnett High School in Harmon county. 

Norma has two grown children and both are doctors.  Kim is an orthopedic surgeon in Lubbock, Texas, and Kerry is a veterinarian in the state of Wisconsin. 

Norma received her bachelor’s degree from Southwestern State College in 1947.  From 1947-50 she worked as the project administrator for Educational Testing Service in Los Angeles, California.  She served as the Assistant to the Production Manager at Pacific Press, Inc., Los Angeles, Calif., from 1950-1952, working with publications such as Time and Life magazines.  During this time, she completed her master degree from the University of Southern California.  From 1952-1958, she was a housewife and mother. 

She taught journalism and English in Michigan and Oklahoma from 1958-1960.  During 1960-67, Norma was the assistant director of News Information Services and also an instructor of journalism at West Texas State University in Canyon, Texas.  She became the communications specialist for Southwest Educational Development Laboratory in Austin, Texas, from 1967-1970, and in 1971; she received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas.  Norma became the assistant to the commissioner for the Texas College and University System from 1971-1977. 

From 1977-1981, she was the assistant commissioner for senior colleges and universities for the Texas College and University System responsible for all matters relating to Texas senior colleges and universities, such as statewide planning, proposed new units, academic programs, course offerings, faculty workload guidelines, and faculty tenure guidelines.  She is also the liaison to the Texas legislature working with legislators and their staffs on legislation issues and questions related to higher education. 

In 1981, Norma was named Commissioner (Chancellor) of Higher Education for the State of Connecticut.  She is the chief operating officer of the Board of governors, the state coordinating agency responsible for planning and policies for public higher education.  She also serves as the chief executive officer of the Department of Higher Education.