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portrait of president patti neuhold-ravikumarPatti Neuhold-Ravikumar is the 21st president of the University of Central Oklahoma and the institution’s first female president in its more than 130-year history. A contributing member of the university community since 2007, she served in a variety of roles during that time.

Patti earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology with an emphasis in management from Oklahoma Christian University. She earned her master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology from the University of Tulsa and is currently a doctoral candidate in organizational leadership at Concordia University – Chicago.

 

 

 

 

 President Neuhold-Ravikumar currently serves on several boards of directors including:

  • Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities;
  • Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma;
  • Greater Oklahoma City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce;
  • RIVERSPORT Foundation; and, 
  • The Oklahoma Academy for State Goals.

She serves on the board of advisors for the Edmond Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Oklahoma Business Roundtable. 

Under her leadership, UCO:

  • Successfully launched their nationally ranked, fully online programs;
  • Leads the state in developing and awarding stackable micro-credentials;
  • Converted every classroom into a virtual learning space;
  • Modernized student services;
  • Received recognition for excellence in education and social justice advocacy during 2020;
  • Achieved top national rankings in social mobility, crisis management and forensic science;
  • Achieved the university’s first-ever World ranking;
  • Raised more than $28 million dollars in cash and in-kind gifts;
  • Increased first-year student retention by 12.5%; and,
  • Increased tuition assistance for underrepresented student populations.