Meet the Staff

Keith Garbutt, Ph.D.
Dean and Professor of Plant Biology, Ecology, and Evolution
101 Old Central

Keith Garbutt is Dean of The Honors College and a professor of Plant Biology, Ecology, and Evolution at Oklahoma State University.

Garbutt received both his B.Sc. [Hons.] and Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Wales, UK. In 1980 he came to the U.S. and did postdoctoral work at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and at Harvard University before moving to West Virginia University in 1987 as an assistant professor. Shortly after receiving tenure in 1993 he became Chair of the Department of Biology, a position he held until 2000. In 2000 Garbutt's work in innovation in undergraduate education led to his being named the Eberly Family Distinguished Professor for Outstanding Teaching. As a botanist Garbutt's work focuses in the main on population biology, eco-physiology and genetics of plants; his research has been supported by awards from NSF, USDA, EPA, and other external sources.

In 2000 Garbutt was appointed Director of the Honors Program at WVU. A short six years later, the WVU Board of Governors approved the creation of the Honors College and Garbutt was named Dean. At WVU each residence hall has a faculty member, known as the Resident Faculty Leader, who lives either in an apartment in the hall or in a house adjacent to it. Garbutt and his wife elected to be the resident faculty for Honors Hall and served as Resident Faculty from 2009-2014. In this position they offered academic and cultural programs to the students and provided (in the secular sense) pastoral support to the students.

Since becoming a full-time administrator his scholarly concerns have moved to issues of education and Honors administration. He has written and presented on issues such as the impact of merit aid on socioeconomic diversity, support for first-generation students and student leadership. His most recent publication is, "Living in Hogwarts" in 2015 co-authored with C. Garbutt, in the NCHC monograph "Housing Honors" eds. Frost, Kay and Poe. Garbutt serves as the Chair of the National Collegiate Honors Council Science and Mathematics Committee and also serves on the Finance Committee and is a member of the Board of Directors.


Richard Frohock, Ph.D.
Associate Dean and Professor of English
101 Old Central

Richard Frohock is the Associate Dean of the Honors College and a Professor of English at Oklahoma State University.

Dr. Frohock recieved his BA from the Colorado College, graduating with Phi Beta Kappa honors, before going on to complete his MA and PhD in Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His educational background also includes a year of high school and a year of college studying abroad in Germany. After receiving his Ph.D. from UCSB, Dr. Frohock started at OSU in 1996 as an Assistant Professor of English. During his time at OSU, he has held various administrative positions, including Director of First-Year Composition (2006-2012) and Head of the English Department (2013-2017).

As a literary scholar, Dr. Frohock researches colonial American and early Caribbean history and literature, and his publications include the books Heroes of Empire: The British Imperial Protagonist in America, 1596-1764 (University of Delaware Press, 2004) and Buccaneers and Privateers: The Story of the English Sea Rover, 1675-1725 (Delaware, 2012). He he is currently writing a book on English pirate stories of the early eighteenth century. As an instructor, he has taught a wide array of undergraduate and graduate courses in early American literature, eighteenth-century British literature, and Atlantic World history. Additionally, he has led OSU study-abroad courses to Trinidad and Tobago, and to Cambridge, UK.

Dr. Frohock joined the Honors College in the summer of 2017. In his new position, he will work to develop programs that provide academic support and non-traditional programing for students in the Honors College, including study away courses, community engagement opportunities, student leadership, and peer mentoring programs. 


Ebonie Hill-Williamson
Honors Program Coordinator
101 Old Central

Ebonie joined The Honors College in January 2010. She attended OSU as an undergraduate where she earned an Honors College Degree in Public Relations. After graduation, she served as an admissions counselor in Undergraduate Admissions at OSU. Ebonie is excited to be a part of The Honors College and is dedicated to helping students achieve academic success.


 O'donna Dean
 Honors Academic Counselor
 104 Stout Hall

O'donna joined The Honors College Staff in August of 2015. She attended OSU and earned an Honors College Degree in Hotel & Restaurant Administration. She is excited to be back on campus and working with Honors students. She is grateful to be giving back to the University who helped her develop confidence in her abilities, and helping students reach their full potential. She is married and has three children.




Cindy Lane
Honors Academic Counselor
101 Old Central

Cindy joined The Honors College in January 2015. She attended OSU and earned an Honors College Degree in Mathematics. While an undergraduate at OSU, she served as a Resident Advisor with Housing and Residential Life and as an Ambassador for The Honors College. Cindy is glad to be back at OSU and to have the opportunity to work with honors students.

Shelley Schauer
Administrative Assistant
101 Old Central

Shelley joined The Honors College Staff in August of 2015. She is from St. Paul, MN and graduated from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cites. She very much enjoys working in the Honors College and being surrounded by the honors students and their excitement for learning.


Pete's Pet Posse
OSU's Pet Therapy

Huxley is a mastiff mix with a lot of love to share. He adores people and loves to be the center of attention. His tail is always wagging to the constant danger of ornaments on low tables. 

He was found at the dog shelter the day before Thanksgiving, dirty, emaciated, timid and very weak - yet his tail was still wagging. He went home that night with his new Mum and Dad, Christine and Keith Garbutt. He soon regained his health and began enjoying his new life.  

When his Mum and Dad moved into a University residence hall as Resident Faculty Leaders, so did Huxley.  He was in his element, so many new friends to see each day! He loved to join in their activities or hang out in the lobby to provide a bit of stress relief and he missed them during the vacations. Now his Mum and Dad have moved to Stillwater and he is looking forward to lots more new student friends here at OSU. When he is not with his new friends he likes to bask in the sun or update his Facebook page - friend him on Facebook - Huxley Garbutt.

Huxley has received his Canine Good Citizen and is officially registered with Alliance of Therapy Dogs.


Pete's Pet Posse
OSU's Pet Therapy

Darwin is a gentle and friendly small yellow Labrador, who loves being with people and being petted. He has an outgoing personality and will poke you VERY gently with his nose if he feels you are not petting him enough.  He was found October 2015 running free on a farm east of Stillwater. The farmer tried to find the owner of the dog but had no success. While we initially intended just to pick him up and take him to the Humane Society, it did not take us long to realize that this beat-up looking animal was a gentle, friendly dog who, when introduced to Huxley our other therapy dog, very quickly bonded with him. Initially he would not come into the house; however, with a little coaxing he came into the kitchen and ultimately discovered the joys of soft beds and warm fires and has adapted quickly to his new environment.

Now Darwin lives happily as part of the family. It has been interesting to watch him learn from Huxley, and adopt a friendly and, for a young dog, reasonably laid-back approach to life. He loves Posse events and thinks the Student Union is the best place in the world - he tries to wag his whole body when he realizes we are going there.

Darwin will be working with his Dad in Old Central on the “Honors beat” along with his big brother Huxley who works with his Mum in Stout Hall.