Oklahoma State University is a national leader in Native American graduates and one of those grads is distinguishing himself across multiple fronts.
Vince Logan, who earned a Bachelor of Science in political science from Oklahoma State in 1979, has been selected as a member of the OSU Foundation Board of Governors. He is a member of the Osage Nation and President of The Nations Group Advisors, LLC, a Native American focused Financial Services firm located in New York.
“I’m extremely honored to take my place on the Board and will strive to work toward the goals of the Foundation,” said Logan. “As a loyal alumnus and Native American, I amalso proud that Oklahoma State is the leader in the education of Native Americans.”
A Wall Street veteran and former corporate attorney, Logan is making a significant impact as President of the Nations Group Advisors. “My goal has always been to deliver investment and financial best practices to my friends and colleagues in Indian Country.” The Nations Group Advisors is one of the first Native American owned and managed Registered Investment Advisors in the country.
“Our Governors have a passion for OSU, and we appreciate their dedication to the University,” said Kirk A. Jewell, OSU Foundation president and CEO. “Their leadership and support leverage our efforts to identify those who also share our commitment to OSU. Our mutual goal is to translate that passion into university opportunities. I am personally pleased and excited that Vince has agreed to join this important group.”
The OSU Foundation Board of Governors is composed of 148 men and women whose leadership and commitment to the University are demonstrated through achievement in business, steadfast financial support and a motivation to enhance the programs and initiatives of the Foundation.
“Governors are leaders who have an avid interest in advancing higher education and demonstrate personal ties and dedication to Oklahoma State,” said Jewell.
Oklahoma State University is a national leader in Native American graduates. In the most recent national rankings, Oklahoma State had the most Native Americans earning a bachelor’s degree, with a total of 355 for the 2009 -10 academic year. Oklahoma State is tops in the number of Native Americans who earn degrees in 11 educational categories, including engineering, agriculture, biological and biomedical sciences, finance and financial management services, marketing, and hospitality administration/management.
“Oklahoma is home to about 40 federally and state recognized Native American tribes with diverse cultural backgrounds and proud heritages, and OSU is honored to play a leading role as a launching pad in the education and success of these future leaders,” said Dr. Jason F. Kirksey, associate vice president for Institutional Diversity.
Native American students are the largest minority group at Oklahoma State University, with 2,032 Native Americans on the OSU Stillwater campus, or about 9 percent of the total student body. OSU has a total of 216 Native American employees, or 5 percent, including 36 Native American faculty members, or 2.3 percent.
Logan has been a part of the fabric of Indian Country for many years as an investment professional, a mentor for Native American attorneys and a founding member of the Native American Bar Association of Washington, DC. He is experienced in debt financingand asset management, and has built a vast network of professional relationships within Indian Country.
“Central to our mission at the Nations Group Advisors is the concept of ‘Community Security,’ which recognizes the importance of aligning each Nation’s social and cultural needs with its economic goals,” said Logan. “With Community Security in mind, we deliver innovative solutions that establish best practices for addressing each Nation’s specific concerns.”
After graduating from Oklahoma State, he gained additional education at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, Queen’s College, Oxford University and the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. He is a member of numerous bar associations, the Investment Management Consultants Association and the Global Association of Risk Professionals. He is a patron of numerous arts groups in New York, including the Metropolitan Opera. Originally from Norman, Okla., he has resided in New York for more than 20 years.