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LAWTON Okla_ Cameron University's Dr. Ronna Vanderslice has been named Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Vanderslice is the Dean of the School of Education and Behavioral Sciences and McCasland Foundation Endowed Chair in Educational Leadership at the university. The appointment was approved earlier Monday by the University of Oklahoma, Cameron University and Rogers State University Board of Regents.  Vanderslice takes over the role of Cameron's chief academic officer when Provost John McArthur becomes the university's president on July 1.

"Dr. Vanderslice is a proven academic leader for Cameron University and regionally," said McArthur. "In addition to her excellent reputation as a teacher and scholar, her efforts to improve the quality of teaching and learning as demonstrated by very successful accreditation and assessment efforts make her a great choice to serve as Cameron's next chief academic officer."

"I am extremely honored to be selected as the next Vice President for Academic Affairs at Cameron University," says Vanderslice. "My sincere thanks go to President Cindy Ross and Provost McArthur for their confidence and support. I appreciate the opportunity to serve Cameron University and look forward to working with our excellent faculty and staff as we help our students achieve at the highest levels and move Cameron's academic efforts forward."

Vanderslice will have administrative responsibility for all academic units and academic support services, including the accomplishment of student learning, scholarly activity and service as components of the university's mission. Cameron's academic units are the School of Business, School of Education and Behavioral Sciences, School of Liberal Arts, School of Science and Technology, and the Office of Adult and Continuing Education. Academic support units include the Office of Teaching and Learning, the Academic Advising Center, Academic Enrichment, Cameron University-Duncan, Information Technology Services, the Cameron University Library and the Office of the Registrar.

A national search to replace Vanderslice as Dean of the School of Education and Behavioral Sciences is underway. In the meantime, Dr. Howard Kuchta, Assistant Dean and Assistant Professor of Education, will serve as Interim Dean.

Vanderslice joined the Cameron faculty as Project Director for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) in June 2006. She was named Dean of the School of Education and Behavioral Sciences in July 2007. In 2009, she founded Cameron's "Camp of Champs," a summer camp for special needs children.

Prior to joining the Cameron faculty, Vanderslice served as a faculty member at Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

She has served as the Board Chair of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services since 2010, having been appointed to that body by Gov. Brad Henry in 2005. Additional service includes appointment to the Teacher Competency Review Panel by the State Department of Education and the Oklahoma State Regents Minority Teacher Recruitment Center Advisory Committee. She is the recipient of the 2010 Jane Morse Service Award from the Oklahoma Association of Colleges for Teacher Preparation. Earlier this month, she was named to the list of Top 20 Education Professors in Oklahoma by StateStats.org and OnlineSchoolsOklahoma.com.

Vanderslice has a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, a master's degree in education with a concentration in school counseling from East Central University and a master's degree in education with a concentration in reading education and a minor in special education with an emphasis on gifted and talented education from Texas Tech University. She earned a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Texas Tech.

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