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Presidents - Regional Universities

The functions of the 10 regional universities include (1) both lower-division and upper-division undergraduate study in several fields leading to the bachelor's degree; (2) a limited number of programs leading toward the first-professional degree when appropriate to an institution's strengths and the needs of the state; (3) graduate study below the doctor's level, primarily in teacher education but moving toward limited comprehensiveness in fields related to Oklahoma's manpower needs; (4) extension and public service responsibilities in the geographic regions in which they are located; (5) responsibility for institutional and applied research in those areas related closely to their program assignments; and (6) responsibility for regional programs of economic development.

President John M. McArthur
Cameron University
2800 W. Gore Blvd.
Lawton, OK 73505-6377
580.581.2421 (fax)

B.A., Mathematical Sciences, Rice University (Texas)
M.A., Mathematics, University of Colorado
Ph.D., Mathematics, University of Colorado

Previous Positions:
Provost, Cameron University, 2011-13
Vice President for Academic Affairs, CU, 2006-11
Dean, School of Science and Technology, CU, 2004-06
Chair, Department of Computer Science and Technology, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, 1999-2001

Date Assumed Presidency: July 2013

President Wendell L. Godwin
East Central University
1100 E. 14th St.
Ada, OK 74820-6899
580.332.1623 (fax)

B.S., Business Administration, East Central University
Executive MBA, Southern Methodist University

Previous Positions:
Dean of the Stonecipher School of Business, ECU, 2010-2022

Date Assumed Presidency: July 2022

President Kent. J. Smith Jr.
Langston University
PO Box 907
Langston, OK 73050-0907
405.466.3461 (fax)

B.S., Secondary Education, Southern University (Louisiana)
M.S., Educational Administration and Supervision, Southern University (Louisiana)
Ph.D., Education and Human Resources Studies (concentration in education administration), Colorado State University

Previous Positions:
Vice President for Student Affairs, Chief Student Affairs Officer and Assistant Professor of Education, Ohio University, 2006-11
Dean of Students, Auburn University (Alabama), 2004-06
Adjunct Professor, Cleveland State University (Ohio), 2002-06
Director of Multicultural Affairs, Case Western Reserve University (Ohio), 2001-03

Date Assumed Presidency: June 2012

President Steve Turner
Northeastern State University
600 N. Grand
Tahlequah, OK 74464-2399
918.458.2015 (fax)

B.A., Criminal Justice, East Central University
M.S., Human Resources, ECU
Ph.D., Adult Learning and Higher Education Administration, University of Oklahoma

Previous Positions:
Vice President for Administration and Finance, ECU, 2007-11
Executive Assistant to the President for Governmental Relations and Economic Development, ECU, 2006-11
Professor, Department of Human Resources, ECU, 2004-11
Interim Vice President for Administration and Finance, ECU, 2007
Chair of the Department of Human Resources and Thomas Endowed Chair, ECU, 2004-07
Assistant and Associate Professor in Department of Human Resources and Criminal Justice Program Coordinator, ECU, 1995-2004
Director of High School and College Relations, ECU, 1992-94
ECU Police Department, 1990-92

Date Assumed Presidency: January 2012

President Bo Hannaford
Northwestern Oklahoma State University
709 Oklahoma Blvd.
Alva, OK 73717-2799
580.327.1881 (fax)

B.A., Northwestern Oklahoma State University
M.Ed., Northwestern Oklahoma State University (NWOSU)
Ed.D., Education Leadership, Walden University

Previous Positions:
Executive Vice President, NWOSU, 2019-2022
Vice President for Academic Affairs, NWOSU, 2016-2019
Dean, School of Professional Studies, NWOSU, 2012-2016
Faculty, Chair, NWOSU, 2011-2012
Public/Collegiate Teacher, Coach, Administrator, 1993-2011

Date Assumed Presidency: July 2022

President Julie Dinger
Oklahoma Panhandle State University
PO Box 430
Goodwell, OK 73939-9728
580.349.1307 (fax)

B.A., Sociology, University of Oklahoma
M.A., Sociology, OU
Ph.D., Sociology, OU

Previous Positions:
Provost, Oklahoma Panhandle State University, 2017-2022
Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs, Connors State College, 2016-2017
Interim Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs, Connors State College, 2014-2016
Division Chair of Social Sciences, Connors State College, 2013-2017
Sociology Faculty, Connors State College, 2010-2017

Date Assumed Presidency: July 2022

President Larry Rice
Rogers State University
1701 W. Will Rogers Blvd.
Claremore, OK 74017-3252
918.343.7681 (fax)

B.S., Criminal Justice, Northeastern State University
M.A., Education, NSU
Ed.D., Higher Education Administration, Oklahoma State University

Previous Positions:
Executive Assistant to the President, The University of Tulsa, 2004-07
Oklahoma House of Representatives, District 8, 1991-2004
Director of Public Affairs, TU, 1991-2004
Interim Vice President of Institutional Advancement, TU, 1997-98
Associate Director of Academics, Pryor Campus, Rogers State College, 1986-91

Date Assumed Presidency: July 2008 (president designate since January 2008)

President Thomas W. Newsom
Southeastern Oklahoma State University
1405 N. 4th
Durant, OK 74701-0609
580.745.2515 (fax)

B.A., Business Administration, Austin College (Texas)
M.S., Higher Education, Texas A&M University-Commerce
Ph.D., Higher Education, University of North Texas

Previous Positions:
Interim Vice President for Student Success and Dean of Students, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2019-20
AVP Student Affairs/Dean of Students, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2018-19
Adjunct Faculty, Southern New Hampshire University, 2014-20
President, Mesalands Community College (New Mexico), 2013-18
President/Vice Chancellor, Art Institute of Dallas, 2009-13
President, Art Institute of Austin (Texas), 2007-09
Vice President, Student Affairs, Art Institutes, 2006-07
Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs, Art Institutes, 2004-06
Dean of Student Affairs, Art Institute of Dallas, 2002-04
Director of Public Relations, Art Institute of Dallas, 2000-02

Date Assumed Presidency: April 2020

President Diana Lovell
Southwestern Oklahoma State University
100 Campus Dr.
Weatherford, OK 73096-3098
580.774.7101 (fax)

B.A., Education, Baylor University (Texas)
M.A., History, University of Houston
Ph.D., History, University of Houston

Previous Positions:
Vice-Chancellor for Student Services, Blinn College (Texas)
Dean of Social Sciences, Blinn College (Texas)
Chair of Distance Learning, Blinn College (Texas)
Professor of Histor, Blinn College (Texas)
Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, Houston Baptist University
Chair of the Department of History and Political Science, Houston Baptist University
Associate Professor of European History, Houston Baptist University

Date Assumed Presidency: July 2021

  President Patti Neuhold-Ravikumar
University of Central Oklahoma
100 N. University Dr.
Edmond, OK 73034-0170
405.359.5841 (fax)

B.S., Psychology/Management, Oklahoma Christian University
M.A., Industrial/Organizationsl Psychology, The University of Tulsa
Doctoral Candidate, Organizational Leadership, Concordia University-Chicago

Previous Positions:
Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer, UCO, 2016-19
Associate Vice President, Planning and Budget, and Presidential Liaison, UCO, 2014-16
Assistant Vice President, Administrative Services, UCO, 2013-14
Interim Vice President for Administration, UCO, 2013-14
Executive Director, Professional Education, UCO, 2010-2013
Director, Adminstrative Services, UCO, 2009-10
Assistant Director, Organizational Development, UCO, 2007-09
Process Improvement Coordinator, UCO, 2007

Date Assumed Presidency: July 2019