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Presidential Search

     Northwestern Oklahoma State University and the Regional University System of Oklahoma have teamed with
     Higher Education Leadership Search to seek presidential candidates who will lead Northwestern into the future.

The search has been narrowed to two finalists. Those finalists will go through a second round of interviews May 12-13.

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Bill Meehan, Ed.D. and Alan Medders, Ph.D. will be assisting RUSO and Northwestern Oklahoma State University with the search.

If you have questions or would like to have a confidential conversation about the position, call 256-239-2305 or e-mail:


Northwestern Oklahoma State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and specifically invites applications from women, minorities, veterans and people with disabilities.

The application/nomination deadline has passed.


Zoom interviews, conducted by RUSO, will take place on April 18. Eight candidates will be interviewed.

Presidential Search Screening Committee


  • Eric Fisher (committee chair)
  • Jane McDermott
  • Chris Van Denhende


  • Dr. Roxie James, chair of the Department of English, Foreign Language and Humanities
  • Dr. Dean Scarbrough, chair of the Department of Agriculture


  • Erika Hernandez, senior education major from Laverne


  • Dr. David Pecha, vice president for administration


  • Kevin Fields, health and safety officer

Community Leaders

  • Jim Dunning, owner at ICT-CPA
  • Tom Evans, corporate valuation at Encompass Financial Services
  • Todd Holder, Alva State Bank and Holder Drug
  • Dwight Hughes, superintendent and CEO at Autry Technology Center
  • Alexa Humphries, financial adviser at Edward Jones
  • Connor Martin, councilman with City of Alva, owner of Peak Environment
  • Janice Melton, past warden at Bill Johnson Correctional Center
  • L.D. Rapp, Northwestern Foundation chair
  • Kyle Reynolds, superintendent of Woodward Public Schools
  • John Ryerson, owner at Starr Lumber Company
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