Lawton_Cameron University President Cindy Ross has been elected chairman of the Council of Presidents of the Oklahoma State System for Higher Education. The organization is made up of the 25 presidents of each public college and university in the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education.
The group is tasked with promoting productive working relationships among state system institutions of various types and levels and public understanding of the significance of higher education to the quality of life in Oklahoma. The organization also provides a forum for the discussion of issues confronting Oklahoma higher education and an opportunity for a coordinated approach to the identification and solution of common problems. Lastly, the group fosters an economic, social and political climate favorable to the development and proper functioning of the state higher education system and its individual units.
Ross brings nearly 30 years of leadership in higher education to the position, earning her baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees from Oklahoma State University. She held both administrative and academic posts at OSU until 1990 when she joined the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE). During the next twelve years as Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Ross served as the Chief Academic Officer for the state system. In 2002, she became Cameron University's 15th president.
Ross has been an active member of the Council, including serving as a member of the Council's Executive Committee, since assuming her post as president at Cameron. She also served for the past two years as chairman of the Council's Budget Committee which deals with funding for higher education and each institution. She began her term as Council chairman in July.