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August 2015

Dr. Shannon Cunningham Named NOC Stillwater Vice President

Shannon Cunningham, new VP for NOC-Stillwater.

Dr. Shannon Cunningham has been named vice president for the NOC Stillwater campus replacing Debbie Quirey who is retiring after serving 37 years in higher education. She assumed her new duties July 1.

Dr. Shannon Cunningham, former assistant vice president for academic affairs and director for Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) Grove, has been named vice president for the NOC Stillwater campus replacing Debbie Quirey who is retiring after serving 37 years in higher education. She assumed her new duties July 1.

As vice president she serves as a member of the NOC Executive Council and provides vision, leadership and strategic direction for NOC operations in Stillwater. She works collaboratively with others and provides leadership in the planning, organizing, and follow through of the Stillwater campus’ educational offerings for NOC, a multi-campus institution.
Cunningham also represents the institution to a variety of constituencies and promotes the overall mission of the college; and is responsible for ensuring the success of the NOC/OSU Gateway Program.

NOC President Cheryl Evans said, “We welcome Dr. Cunningham to Northern and look forward to her service at NOC Stillwater. She brings with her administrative experience working for a multi-campus institution and a strong background helping students achieve their academic goals. Shannon will be an asset to the NOC/OSU Gateway Program.”

Cunningham has served in a variety of leadership roles during her 12 years at NEO. She began her career as an agriculture instructor and horse judging team coach, where she coached teams to six American Quarter Horse Association World Championships. She later served as Agriculture department chair and was instrumental in the development of the NEO equestrian team, the Aggie Alumni & Friends Association, the “Building on Tradition” capital campaign and design of over $1.2 million in renovations for NEO’s Synar Farm. As the assistant vice president for academic affairs and director for NEO Grove, Cunningham oversaw the operations of the NEO branch campus, served as the assessment coordinator, director for institutional research, liaison for curriculum development and approval, Higher Learning Commission (HLC) accreditation team leader, strategic planning team leader, and representative for the institution at many community functions.

Cunningham earned an associate degree in agriculture from NEO, a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University (OSU), a master’s degree from the University of Arkansas, and Ph.D. from OSU.

Her professional and community affiliations include serving as a board member for Arvest Bank, Joplin region, Oklahoma Agriculture Leadership Program, Class XV, a member of Miami Rotary, and superintendent for the National FFA Horse Career Development Events (CDE). She has presented numerous time at the Rural Community College Association Conference, traveled with horsemanship students to Europe and served as part of an advisement team for Azerbaijan on agriculture education topics. In her free time Cunningham enjoys the outdoors, travel, running, reading, and showing her reining horse.

Cunningham said, “I feel very honored and blessed to become a part of the NOC family. NOC’s commitment to ‘life changing’ is one I believe in whole-heartedly and am excited about the opportunity to be a part of that. I look forward to building on the strong foundation of NOC-Stillwater. I am very excited be a part of team that supports faculty, staff and students to help them achieve their success at the Stillwater campus.”


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