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President's Bio

Authentic Oklahoma Leadership


Dr. Diana "Diane" Lovell

Dr. Lovell

Dr. Diana “Diane” Lovell started as president of Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) on July 1, 2021. Before coming to SWOSU, Lovell served as Vice-Chancellor of Student Services, Dean of Social Sciences and Professor of History at Blinn (TX) College District since 2012.

Lovell was born and raised in Weatherford within the shadow of SWOSU. Both her parents taught at SWOSU with her father serving as chair of the Biology Department and mother teaching in the Home Economics Department. Additional family members have deep connections to SWOSU.

Lovell has a B.A. in Education from Baylor University in 1989, a M.A. in History from the University of Houston in 1992, and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Houston in 2003. In addition to being at Blinn College District, Lovell served as Dean of the College of Arts & Humanities at Houston Baptist University.

Lovell has two children—Josh and Elizabeth.