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Presidential Search

The Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents is currently inviting applications and nominations for the position of president of East Central University. 

The deadline to apply is

March 11, 2022.

About the Position

As East Central University's chief executive officer, the president provides strategic leadership, guiding the overall operations and administration of the university. This role reports to the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents and performs all duties required by law, including policies, rules, regulations, and directives from the Board of Regents. The new president will start no later than July 1, 2022.

Click the button below to download a complete list of responsibilities, requirements and qualifications.

About the Hiring Process

Applications will be considered through March 11, 2022 by members of the

ECU Presidential Search Screening Committee. Committee members are appointed

by the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents and include:



  • Jane McDermott, Committee Chair

  • Chris Van Denhende

  • Eric Fisher


  • Joe Dougherty, Faculty Senate President

  • Dr. Shelli Sharber, Department of Education Chair


  • Kevin Robles-Fernandez


  • Nicholas Buckley, Dean of Students

  • Shawna Case, Director of Native American Academic Services & Academic Advisor

  • Al Johnson, Interim Athletic Director and Head Football Coach

Community Leaders

  • David Floyd, Attorney, Floyd Law Firm

  • Lacy Grammer, Alumni Association President

  • Cody Holcomb, Ada City Manager

  • Brigette Jones, Ada Jobs Foundation Chair

  • Buffy Lovelis, ECU Foundation, Chief Operating Officer

  • Shirley Nero, Alumni

  • Keri Norris, LegalShield EVP, Legal & Regulatory Affairs and General Counsel

  • Dr. Tawfik Ramadan, Pediatrician

  • Stacy Shepherd, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Senior Executive Officer of Member Services

  • Mike Smith, Board Member, Citizens Bank

About ECU

Established in 1909, East Central University is a public university in Ada, Oklahoma. As part of the Regional University System of Oklahoma, ECU proudly offers a variety of degrees, top-notch programs and overall quality education, including:

  • Awarded $760,925 in scholarships in 2021

  • 70+ undergraduate degrees

  • 7 master’s degree programs

  • 422 dedicated full-time faculty and staff

  • 18:1 student-teacher ratio

  • 70+ student organizations

Learn more at

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About the Community

East Central University is located in Ada, Oklahoma, and is a progressive, quality-oriented community. With 17,140 residents, the city has been described as “a place where the West meets the South.”


Learn more at

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