The Board of Regents of the Regional University System of Oklahoma invites inquiries, nominations, and applications in its nationwide search for the 21st president of the University of Central Oklahoma. The search, which will be a completely confidential process, was launched in response to the decision by President Don Betz to retire in June of 2019 following nine years of exemplary service to the University and the state of Oklahoma. The new president will be expected to take office July 1, 2019.
The University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) is Oklahoma’s only metropolitan university and the top public regional university in the state, according to U.S. News & World Report. Situated on a beautiful 210-acre campus, UCO has strong connections throughout the Oklahoma City metropolitan area and is dedicated to developing in students the confidence to succeed through transformative learning experiences. UCO prides itself as a smart investment for success, preparing future leaders in an inclusive, opportunity-rich environment, with access to more than 200 student organizations and the internship, employment, entertainment, and cultural offerings of the rapidly growing Oklahoma City metro area. Founded in 1890 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, UCO connects its more than 16,000 students to unmatched value found in 121 undergraduate areas of study and 74 graduate programs from its main campus in Edmond and facilities throughout the metro area.
Reporting to a nine-member Board of Regents appointed by the governor of Oklahoma, the president serves as the University’s chief executive officer and provides leadership for all campus programs, services, operations, and activities. The president is responsible for articulating the University’s vision, mission, and values with internal and external stakeholders; supporting and enhancing the institution’s academic mission and overall operations; building upon the existing traditions, distinctiveness, and strengths of the University; exercising leadership for the University’s budget and fundraising efforts; and working with the Board of Regents, elected officials, alumni, donors, and the broader community to advance the mission of the University. Reporting directly to the president are: the provost, the vice president for operations, the vice president for development, the vice president for university communications, the vice president for public affairs, the vice president for finance, the vice president for student affairs, and the chief information officer.
The University of Central Oklahoma seeks in its new president a leader with strategic vision, a collegial leadership style, and the energy and integrity to inspire the University community to new levels of excellence. Candidates for the presidency are expected to have a record of successful executive-level experience in the administration of a large and complex organization; strong financial acumen and a track record of effectively managing human, fiscal, and capital resources; an ability to advocate for the University’s mission; a proven ability to build relationships and work effectively with the full range of internal and external constituents; and a working knowledge of fundraising and advancement in a complex public institution.
The ideal candidate will be a leader with an earned doctorate and senior-level experience within public higher education, a talent and enthusiasm for fundraising, experience working with a governing board, an appreciation for shared governance and a record of collaborative leadership and consultation across all sectors of an academic institution, and a demonstrated ability to build and sustain a diverse and inclusive organization.
The University of Central Oklahoma has retained Spelman Johnson to assist with this search. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled, but complete applications received by November 9, 2018 will be assured full consideration. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at www.spelmanjohnson.com/open-positions. Confidential inquiries and nominations should be directed to Jim Norfleet at email@example.com or Ellen Heffernan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.
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