Dr. Sandra Harper
Dr. Sandra Harper, a native of Dallas, Texas, began serving as President of Our Lady of the Lake College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 2006. Prior to her presidential appointment, Harper served as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Communication at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi from 1998-2006. Harper’s other administrative posts included serving as the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Oklahoma City University and as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas. Harper began her service at McMurry College in 1985 as an assistant professor of communication. During the next ten years, she was awarded tenure and rose through the academic ranks to professor of communication.
Harper received her B.S. degree from Texas Tech University and her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of North Texas. Harper also completed the Harvard Management Development Program and the Governor’s Executive Development Program at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas. Dr. Harper is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges, the Executive Committee of the Louisiana Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance Commission.
In 2011, Harper was named a Distinguished Alumna by the Texas Tech University College of Education. She is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who of American Women, and Who’s Who in American Education. Harper has received the Management Excellence Award from the Society for the Advancement of Management, the Y Women in Careers Award from the Corpus Christi YWCA, and the Outstanding Faculty Award and the Outstanding Administrator Award from McMurry University. Dr. Harper is a member of the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge.
She is married to Dave Harper, who coached at Abilene High School for nine years and other high schools in Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. The couple has two sons, who spent most of their childhood in Abilene. Justin Harper, a major in the United States Army, recently moved his wife and four children to Ft. Riley Kansas, where he is on the division staff of the First Infantry Division. Jonathan Harper is the Assistant Director of Equipment Operations in the athletics department at the University of North Texas.