Myron L. Pope, Ed.D, serves as Central's Vice President for Student Affairs. The Student Affairs division includes recruitment, admissions, enrollment, first-year experience, campus activities, student organizations, fraternity and sorority life, student counseling services, career services, global affairs, graduation support services, and the Wellness Center, among other services.
Pope grew up in Sweet Water, Ala., and attended the University of Alabama where he received a bachelor's degree in history/English and a master's and doctorate in higher education administration. While at the University of Alabama, he played football for the Crimson Tide and was a part of the 1992 National Championship team.
During his career, he has worked in the community college system of Alabama as a Talent Search Counselor, at the University of Alabama as the Director of Recruitment for the College of Education, and at the University of Oklahoma as a faculty member in the Adult and Higher Education program. He brought his broad range of experience to the University of Central Oklahoma in 2004, serving as Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs before being promoted to his current role in 2005. Pope continues to teach in the African and African-American Studies and the Adult and Higher Education programs at the University of Oklahoma.
He has conducted a variety of research on higher education related issues, including community college student and administrative issues, minority student concerns, faculty governance issues, and institutional trust. He has been published in scholarly journals and books and also has presented regionally, nationally, and internationally on these topics. He has been active on the regional and national levels of the American College Personnel Association, the Association for the Study of Higher Education, the Council for the Study of Community liColleges, and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, as well as serving as an evaluator with the Higher Learning Commission. He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. He resides in Edmond with his wife, Shanna, and their three children, Michael, Allison, and Isaiah. He is very active in the community as a coordinator of Leadership Edmond, a volunteer coach with the YMCA, a volunteer with the Watch D.O.G.S. program at his children's school, and board member for the Edmond Chamber of Commerce, the YMCA and the HOPE Center of Edmond.