President Turner Bio

Dr. Steve Turner, Northeastern’s 19th president, is a role model for the regional university system as a nontraditional, first-generation graduate. From his early years spent working in the oil industry to his later college years serving as both student and staffer, Turner has worked his way through the ranks to achieve his dreams.

Prior to his NSU appointment, Turner served as vice president for administration and finance and executive assistant to the president for governmental relations and economic development at East Central University in Ada, Okla. Turner began his career in higher education at ECU in 1989, serving in many capacities, including campus police officer, tenured professor, and chair of the department of human resources. Turner earned his doctorate in adult learning and higher education administration from the University of Oklahoma. He holds a master’s degree in human resources with an emphasis in counseling, and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with an emphasis in law enforcement and minor in counseling, both from ECU.

Turner and his wife, Penny, have two sons Matt and Tim, and a daughter-in-law, Kelley. The couple share their lives with Lily, a Lhasa Apso/Shih Tzu mix.


NSU President Steve Turner