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UCO Presidential Search

The Regional University System of Oklahoma (RUSO) Board of Regents invites inquiries, nominations and applications in its nationwide search for the 22nd president of the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO). The search was launched in response to UCO President Patti Neuhold-Ravikumar's announced departure, effective Jan. 31, 2023, following three and a half years as president and 15 years with the university. The new president will be expected to take office summer 2023.

About the University of Central Oklahoma 

Founded in 1890, UCO is one of the oldest public institutions of higher education in Oklahoma and the third-largest university in the state. Its mission is to empower students to become ethical, creative and engaged citizens and leaders through a commitment to transformative learning experiences. Its vision is to prepare future leaders to positively impact local, state and global communities, and UCO is steadfastly committed to its values of accessibility, community, growth, inclusivity, integrity and leadership.

Located on a 210-acre campus in Edmond, Oklahoma, with additional facilities throughout the metro area, UCO offers its 12,254 students (10,790 undergraduate and 1,464 graduate) unmatched value found in 119 undergraduate areas of study and 81 graduate programs. Collectively the university has six colleges: College of Business, College of Liberal Arts, College of Education and Professional Studies, College of Fine Arts and Design, College of Mathematics and Science, and the College of Graduate Studies. The university is also home to the W. Roger Webb Forensic Science Institute is a comprehensive training and research facility for students, professionals and first responders and UCO’s Connected Campus, which offers quality, accredited, nationally ranked 100% online degrees.

Applications and Nominations: In Progress

Higher Education Leadership Search has been retained to assist with this search. Candidates can apply now through March 31. 

Application for UCO's President

About the Position

As the institution’s chief executive officer, the president provides strategic leadership, leading the overall operations and administration of the university, reporting to the Regional University System of Oklahoma Regents (“Board”), and performing all duties required by law, policies, rules, regulations and directives from the Board. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE) serves as the coordinating Board of the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education.

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Required Qualifications

  • Dynamic written communication and verbal presentation skills.
  • Interpersonal skills to interact effectively with RUSO and OSRHE, elected officials and governmental bodies, in addition to students and parents, various constituencies of UCO, alumni, donors, media and the community at large.
  • Ability to establish and nurture relationships and make connections with the community and state leaders to maximize opportunities for partnerships and support to UCO.
  • Proven ability to hire, develop, maintain and advance an effective administrative team.
  • Proven ability to identify opportunities and convert challenges into innovative solutions and programs that will advance the future of the institution.
  • Ability to promote a shared vision to address challenges and create opportunities, especially in the areas of student recruitment through graduation, employee excellence and finances with ongoing attention to facilities and technology in support of student success.
  • Ability to articulate opportunities and needs to external audiences, sharing the value of supporting UCO.
  • Strong, proven leadership skills in strategic planning; organizational improvement and accountability; fiscal planning and responsibility.
  • Earned doctorate preferred.

About Edmond, Oklahoma

Founded in 1889, Edmond, Oklahoma, is considered by many to be the “Crown Jewel” of Oklahoma, located in the heart of the state about 15 miles north of Oklahoma City. Home to approximately 95,000 residents, Edmond offers the perfect blend of small-town comforts and big-city amenities. It is one of the safest cities in the country, with a cost of living well below the national average and friendly, welcoming neighbors. At the same time, it boasts numerous professional, cultural and recreational opportunities that enhance the overall quality of life.

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The University of Central Oklahoma is committed to an inclusive educational and employment environment that provides equal opportunity and access to all qualified persons. The University has established policies regarding fair and equal employment and educational practices without discrimination or harassment because of actual or perceived race, creed, color, religion, alienage or national origin, genetic information, ancestry, citizenship status, age, disability or handicap, gender, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.