Edna McDuffie Manning, Ed.D.
Although OSSM opened to students in 1990, Edna McDuffie Manning, Ed.D., was hired as its founding president in 1988. She began her journey with OSSM in a small office located in the Department of Education. From there, she created the framework for what would become Oklahoma’s leading STEM and public high school.
During Dr. Manning’s tenure (1988-2012), she oversaw the selection of the inaugural faculty and the development of its college-level curriculum. She also worked to secure funding for the development of the campus.
Prior to OSSM, she served as an administrator in both Texas and Oklahoma schools.
A native of Texas, Dr. Manning studied mathematics and earned her doctorate at the University of Houston. Working with Alpha Plus Educational Systems in Oklahoma City, in 2016 she edited a unique math textbook, Success with OAS, to help Oklahoma educators teach Oklahoma Academic Standards (OAS) to mastery.