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Southeastern chief steps aside for alcohol treatment

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SOSU President Sean Burrage speaks to KTEN in February, 2019. (File/KTEN) SOSU President Sean Burrage speaks to KTEN in February, 2019. (File/KTEN)

DURANT, Okla. -- Southeastern Oklahoma State University President Sean Burrage is  taking a leave of absence from the campus to enter an alcohol treatment program, according to a statement issued by the university on Monday afternoon.

The Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents named Dr. Byron Clark as acting president. He is the SOSU vice president for academic affairs.

"The regents stand behind President Burrage and admire him for his courage in taking these steps," said Regent Mark Stansberry, chair of the RUS, in a written statement. "He has provided outstanding leadership during his time at Southeastern, and we look forward to a very bright future under his continued direction."

Burrage said he plans to return as SOSU president following completion of his treatment program.

Stansberry said the regents will work to support Clark and the Southeastern staff during Burrage's absence.

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