Allison D. Garrett

Allison Garrett

The 17th president of Emporia State University, Allison D. Garrett began her tenure Jan. 4, 2016.

Garrett brings to Emporia State a wealth of experience in higher education, government and corporate America. She worked nearly four years as executive vice president at Abilene Christian University, five years as senior vice president for academic affairs at Oklahoma Christian University and three years as associate professor of law at Faulkner University.

Earlier she had spent 16 years as an attorney, two years as a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission attorney, and 10 years with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., where she rose from corporate counsel to vice president and general counsel of the corporate division.

Garrett earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Oklahoma Christian University, followed by a juris doctorate from the University of Tulsa College of Law and a master of laws degree in securities regulation from Georgetown University Law Center.

A native of Neosho, Missouri, Garrett moves to Emporia with her husband, Chip, and youngest son, Noah, a senior at Emporia High School. The couple has two other children. Daughter Tori is a junior at Oklahoma Christian University. Oldest son, Ethan, is an accountant and lives in Edmond, Oklahoma, with his wife, Danielle.

In her spare time, Garrett enjoys playing golf, although “toting the scuba gear and chainsaw makes it quite a bit of work,” she says.


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