Authentic Oklahoma Leadership
Randy Beutler started as president of Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford and Sayre on February 1, 2010.
Beutler was born and raised on a ranch north of Elk City and graduated from Canute High School in 1979. Beutler earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree from SWOSU in 1983, graduating Cum Laude with a social science major/minor. He completed his Master of Education degree at SWOSU in 2003.
Beutler taught social sciences at Washita Heights Public Schools and Weatherford High School after graduating from SWOSU. In 1992, Beutler decided to run for the District 60 seat in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. He was reelected three times without opposition and served until 2000.
In 2003, Beutler was appointed by Governor Brad Henry as his legislative liaison to the Oklahoma House of Representatives. He was promoted to director of legislative relations, which elevated him to a senior staff member of Governor Henry’s administration. In addition to his duties with Governor Henry, Beutler served as an adjunct professor of history at SWOSU.
When SWOSU President John Hays hired Beutler to work at the university in 2006, he assisted President Hays with external affairs, legislative matters, grant development and development of external funds. He assisted in the strategic direction of the university and also developed the President’s Leadership Class.
Beutler is the 17th president of SWOSU, which was founded in 1901.