The Duncan Banner
On Friday, Dr. John McArthur was named Cameron University’s 17th president, effective July 1, 2013. He is replacing Dr. Cindy Ross, who earlier this year, announced her intention to retire this summer.
McArthur currently serves as Cameron University’s Provost, the chief academic officer of the university and the second highest ranking administrator at CU.
“John McArthur has a track record as a strong, confident academic officer for Cameron, and this search elicited a variety of solid, capable candidates,” said Richard R. Dunning, Chairman of the University of Oklahoma, Cameron University and Rogers State University Board of Regents. “We are fortunate that a person of John’s caliber and accomplishments has agreed to serve as President of Cameron, and we look forward to working with him to further the University’s mission in the years to come.”
“I am tremendously honored to be selected as the next President of Cameron University and I look forward to working with our community,” McArthur said. “I wish to thank members of the Board of Regents for their confidence and support. President Ross has been an incredible asset for CU and for Oklahoma. She will be greatly missed and has been a great mentor and role model. I am excited about the future of Cameron University and for the opportunity to help shape that future with the outstanding faculty and staff and incredibly supportive community members in Lawton, Fort Sill, Duncan and beyond. We will continue to further the Cameron University mission and values by keeping our students front and center for their education and for the growth of the communities we serve.”
McArthur has been Provost since 2006 and has had a leadership role in major campus initiatives, including two strategic plans, campus physical improvements, the opening of an academic advising center, and the implementation of a campus-wide Emergency Communication System.
He served as Dean of the School of Science and Technology at Cameron from 2004-06. McArthur also has taught at Colorado State University-Pueblo and Southeastern Oklahoma State University, serving as chair of the Department of Computer Science and Technology at SOSU from 1999-2001.
McArthur was a National Merit Scholar and received his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematical Sciences from Rice University in 1987. He earned his Master of Arts in Applied Mathematics from the University of Colorado in 1993 and his Ph.D. in mathematics from Colorado in 1994.
Aside from McArthur, former Lt. Gov. Jari Askins and Duncan native, was also in the running for the position.