Path to the Presidency By Landry Brewer

Randy Beutler on his ranch during springroundup. The child on horseback is Jack Redd,son of Beutler’s business partner Jason Redd.That morning, Beutler had shaken the hands of700 graduates and handed out diplomas duringSWOSU’s Spring Commencement. How does a kid raised on an Elk City ranch become a university president?Randy Beutler has served as president of Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford and Sayre since February 1, 2010.But first he taught at multiple high schools, spent time in the Oklahoma legislature, worked for the governor, then went to work for SWOSU.THE EARLY YEARSWhen he was born in the old Elk City…

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