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CU President Outlines Plans

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LAWTON Okla_ Dr. John McArthur has been a professor of math, physics, and computer science. Now, he's the man in charge at Lawton's Cameron University.

CU's new president said he's learned something new each day since he began just three weeks ago. That's one reason he loves his job.

Like in any new role, McArthur has had some questions in his first few weeks. He said the willingness of the Cameron staff and the people of Lawton/Fort Sill has him seeing a community he's lived in for 9 years in a completely new way.

Dr. McArthur is settling in, both in his office and his new job. The people at Cameron have welcomed their former provost into his new position with open arms. They're not the only ones helping McArthur feel like he belongs. The community is, too.

"I'm getting to meet new people, do new things, and brag about Cameron, which I find very entertaining," McArthur said.

In his free time, Dr. McArthur loves to garden and spend time with his wife Carla of 23 years. He also likes to read, because he feels no one should ever finish learning. In fact, that's one reason he enjoys education. He continuously learns from the students.

"I learn about their take on life, their facility with technology," McArthur said. "I think that's always what amazes me most, their use of social media and how they interact with each other. I find that interesting."

He wants young minds to embrace education and thinks Cameron is a place where that can happen, thanks to the people before him like Dr. Cindy Ross. He said she left a firm foundation that he's ready to build on.

"Student learning and student success inside and outside the classroom are going to remain the priority of this institution," McArthur said. "We are about the students."

That starts the moment they first step on campus. That's why McArthur is excited about the office of teaching and learning that will open this fall. It will help incoming freshman get acquainted with college life and will include an all new orientation class.

"We'll discuss study skills, time management, helping them to pick a major," McArthur said.

That's what McArthur said his job is ultimately about: helping young people excel in the future. Cameron is also starting another program called "We Want You Back." It's aimed at reaching the students who started college and never finished. McArthur wants those students to know they aren't forgotten.

For those who enjoy sports, McArthur said they will be evaluating the athletic programs offered at the university. This includes discussion of possibly adding some new sports. If it happens, you could see those changes in four or five years.

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