Dr. Don Betz currently serves as the twentieth president of the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. He is the former president of Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. His experience in Oklahoma higher education spans more than three decades. From 1971 to 1994, he served Northeastern in various capacities, including Vice President for University Relations, Dean of Continuing Studies, Director of the Sequoyah Institute, Executive Director of the Educational Foundation, and Professor of Political Science. For five years, he held the positions of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Palmer College of Chiropractic and Chief Academic Officer for the Palmer Chiropractic University System. In 1999, he took the post of Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Political Science at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, and was serving as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs when he accepted the position at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
In 1982, Dr. Betz began his association with the United Nations as a consultant, and subsequently liaison officer, at the International Conference on the Question of Palestine. Two years later, he served as political affairs and liaison officer at the UN conference on the division for Palestinian rights.
Dr. Betz earned his Ph.D. degree in International Studies at the University of Denver in Colorado in May 1973, where he also graduated with a M.A. degree in 1969. He holds a B.A. degree in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of San Francisco in California. In addition, he has completed NDFL Summer Programs in Arabic language and culture at the University of California and New York University.
During his career, Dr. Betz has been the recipient of numerous awards and author of articles and papers on the topics of international affairs, higher education, and leadership. He has also presented extensively as a guest speaker and from 1984 to 2003. His work can be found as final declarations, statements, and communiqué throughout United Nations documents.