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May 12, 2013

Cameron University School of Business Building to be named Cynthia S. Ross Hall

LAWTON — The Cameron University School of Business Building will be re-named Cynthia S. Ross Hall, following approval Friday,  by the University of Oklahoma, Cameron University and Rogers State University Board of Regents. Regent Richard R. Dunning, Chairman, requested the name change in recognition of the extraordinary contributions made by Cameron President Cindy Ross over the past  11 years.


“Cindy Ross has been an exemplary leader and visionary for Cameron University,” Dunning said. “She has made our job as Regents easier, and reminding future students of her stewardship in this manner is only a small indication of our gratitude for her astute and gracious guidance. The truth is we just can't say enough good things about her achievements in life and her accomplishments during her tenure at Cameron. She is truly a remarkable person, and we will truly miss her leadership.”


The School of Business Building opened its doors to students for the first time in August 2009 with a formal dedication in November of that year. The building was the cornerstone project funded using $7.8 million of the $13.7 million allocated to Cameron University from the 2005 Promise of Excellence Higher Education Bond Issue and $500,000 in Cameron University funds. The building firmly established Cameron’s architectural palette of “Cameron blend brick,” pitched roof and striking visual elements and is more than 32,000 gross square feet. Highlights of the facility include a 114-seat auditorium, state-of-the-art computer and accounting labs, a finance lab with a real-time stock ticker, interaction areas where students can collaborate with faculty and other students, and a career center which includes an interview practice area.


On Aug. 1, 2002, Ross became Cameron’s 16th president and its first-ever female Chief Executive Officer. Upon her retirement, she will leave behind a university greatly improved as a result of her service - an institution truly transformed. Every aspect of campus life has been touched and improved due to her leadership. During no other era in Cameron’s history has the university experienced such growth and transformation.


During her tenure, she implemented goal-driven, long-range strategic planning at Cameron that has resulted in more than $60  million dollars in capital improvement projects such as the McMahon Centennial Complex, Bentley Gardens, the School of Business Building, the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and Emerging Technology (CETES), the CETES Conference Center, Cameron Village,  the Academic Commons and the new McMahon Field and Athletics Center.


Another successful initiative was the “Changing Lives” campaign, which raised more than $12.5 million for the Cameron University Foundation for capital improvements, university advancement, endowed faculty positions and student scholarships.


Cameron has also experienced unprecedented and historic enrollment growth, thanks to Ross’ commitment to ensuring that students receive a top quality education at an affordable cost. A record number of students now live on campus; residential living is at capacity and a waiting list exists for Cameron Village.


Ross has served Cameron University tirelessly during her 11 years as president. She is highly respected by Cameron’s students, staff and faculty, the Lawton/Fort Sill and surrounding communities and her peers. In April 2011, she was inducted into the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame. Additionally, she has been honored with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award and inducted into  the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara, an award which recognizes individuals who have served the United State Army or Marine Corps’ Field Artillery with selflessness.



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