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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
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 Katricia Pierson
East Central University
1100 E. 14th St.
Ada, OK 74820-6899
580.332.1623 (fax)

B.A., English, Journalism and Secondary Education, University of Wyoming
M.A., English, University of Arkansas
Ph.D., English, University of Arkansas

Previous Positions:
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, East Central University, 2015-17
Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, ECU, 2011-15
Division Chair, Sciences and Humanities, William Woods University (MO), 2010-11
Associate Dean, Academic Assessment, William Woods University (MO), 2008-11
Director, University Honors Program, William Woods University (MO), 2007-11

Date Assumed Presidency: March 2017

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

B.S., Secondary Education, Southern University (LA)
M.S., Educational Administration and Supervision, Southern University (LA)
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 (AL), 2004-06
Adjunct Professor, Cleveland State University (OH), 2002-06
Director of Multicultural Affairs, Case Western Reserve University (OH), 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 Janet Cunningham
Northwestern Oklahoma State University
709 Oklahoma Blvd.
Alva, OK 73717-2799
580.327.1881 (fax)

B.S., Northwestern Oklahoma State University
Ed.D., Education, Oklahoma State University

Previous Positions:
Executive Vice President, NWOSU, 2002-06
Vice President for Fiscal Affairs, NWOSU, 1990-2002
Faculty, NWOSU, 1988-90
Instructor, University of Oklahoma, 1985-88
Faculty, NWOSU, 1979-85

Date Assumed Presidency: July 2006

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

A.A., Liberal Arts, Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute (NM)
B.A., Public Service, University of Central Oklahoma
M.Ed., Public Service, UCO
Ed.D., Higher Education, Oklahoma State University

Previous Positions:
President, Connors State College, 2011-16
Vice President of Academic Affairs, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, 2009-11
Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs, OSU-Oklahoma City, 2006-09
Division Head of Arts and Sciences, OSU-OKC, 2001-09
Department Head of Social Sciences, OSU-OKC, 1999-2001
Public Service Faculty, OSU-OKC, 1997-99

Date Assumed Presidency: June 2016

  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 Sean Burrage
Southeastern Oklahoma State University
1405 N. 4th
Durant, OK 74701-0609
580.745.2515 (fax)

B.B.A., Accounting, University of Oklahoma
J.D., OU

Previous Positions:
Partner, Taylor, Burrage, Foster, Mallett, Downs & Ramsey, 1996-2014
Oklahoma State Senator, 2006-14
Special Assistant to President David Boren and Director of State and Federal Relations, OU, 1994-96
Legislative Director to U.S. Sen. David Boren, 1993-94

Date Assumed Presidency: July 2014

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

B.A., Education, Southwestern Oklahoma State University
J.D., Taft Law School

Previous Positions:
Vice President for Public Policy and Student Leadership/Assistant to the President for Strategic Operations, SWOSU, 2008-09
Director of Legislative Relations, Office of Governor Brad Henry, 2003-06
Adjunct Professor of History and Political Science, SWOSU, 2001-05
State Representative, Oklahoma House of Representatives, 1992-2000

Date Assumed Presidency: January 2010

  President Don Betz
University of Central Oklahoma
100 N. University Dr.
Edmond, OK 73034-0170
405.359.5841 (fax)

B.A., Political Science, Philosophy, University of San Francisco
M.A., International Studies, Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver
Ph.D., International Studies, Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver

Previous Positions:
President, Northeastern State University, 2008-11
Chancellor, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2005-08
Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs and Executive Vice President, University of Central Oklahoma, 1999-2005
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Palmer College of Chiropractic, and Chief Academic Officer for the Palmer Chiropractic University System, 1994-99
Political Affairs and Liaison Officer, Division for Palestinian Rights, and Liaison Officer and Consultant, International Conference on the Question of Palestine, United Nations, New York, 1982-84
Vice President of University Relations, Professor of Political Science, Dean of Continuing Studies, Director of the Sequoyah Institute, Executive Director of the Educational Foundation and Assistant to the President, NSU, 1971-94

Date Assumed Presidency: August 2011