Marshall Allen | Biography

1955-59 BA Degree (Speech/Radio/Television)
1960-61 MA Degree (Speech/Radio/Television)
Miami University; Oxford, Ohio

Marshall Allen has amassed more than 40 years of progressive leadership and management experience, all of which have been involved with education, radio and television operations and management, and the ever-changing field of telecommunications and distance learning. He has been Director of The Institute for Telecommunications at Oklahoma State University (OSU) since 1990, and Director of the Educational Television Services at OSU since its inception more than 35 years ago. During his tenure, Allen has been instrumental in establishing OSU as America’s first educational teleport and in developing OSU’s multi-million-dollar state-of-the-art Telecommunications Center into one of the world’s leading distance education and telecommunications facilities. From 1990-1996, Allen served with distinction as primary investigator for the government program: TNET, the United States Army’s Teletraining Network. He has held former management positions with Public Service Satellite Consortium, OSU Department of Radio/TV/Film, University of Southern Colorado, and Southern Illinois University. He is President of the U.S. Distance Learning Association (USDLA). He is a 1993 member of the Teleconference Magazine Hall of Fame, a member of Who’s Who in Telecommunications, USDLA Board of Directors. He was a special task force member of the National Commission on Information Technologies (CIT), and Chairman of the prestigious and influential Board on Distance Education for the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC). Allen held numerous management positions with television stations and consortiums in Indiana, Ohio and Southern Colorado from 1959 through 1967, when he joined the staff of OSU as Associate Professor, OSU Department of Radio/Television/Film (tenured in 1972). His individual awards include the Distinguished Service Award, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education; Commissioner’s Commendation, Oklahoma Department of Public Safety; Meritorious Performance, Oklahoma College Public Relations Association; Industry Fellow, Center for Information and Communication Sciences, Ball State University; Media Award, Higher Education Alumni Council of Oklahoma.

Marshall Allen served as Project Director: Strategic Plan for Oklahoma Telecommunications, a state-wide, two-year-long planning and development process that resulted in a workable, strategic telecommunications and distance education plan for the State of Oklahoma. As such, he has served as a trusted member of the Governor’s Task Force on Telecommunications, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce and Oklahoma Futures Committee on Telecommunications.