Presidential Search

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

The deadline to apply is

March 11, 2022.

About the Position

As Northwestern Oklahoma State 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 NWOSU Presidential Search Screening Committee. Committee members are appointed by the

Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents and include:



  • Eric Fisher, Committee Chair

  • Jane McDermott

  • Chris Van Denhende


  • Dr. Roxie James, Chair, Department of English, Foreign Language and Humanities

  • Dr. Dean Scarbrough, Chair, Department of Agriculture



  • Erika Hernandez, Senior Education Major


  • 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 Advisor 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, NWOSU Foundation Chair

  • Kyle Reynolds, Superintendent of Woodward Public Schools

  • John Ryerson, owner at Starr Lumber Co.


Established in 1897, Northwestern Oklahoma State University (NWOSU) is a public university in Alva, Oklahoma, with satellite campuses in Enid and Woodward. As part of the Regional University System of Oklahoma, NWOSU proudly offers a variety of degrees, top-notch programs and overall quality education, including:

  • No. 1 online nurse practitioner program by, outranking over 200 accredited colleges and universities

  • 35 undergraduate degrees

  • 4 master’s degree programs

  • 1 doctorate program in nursing practice

  • 200 dedicated full-time faculty and staff

  • 15:1 student-teacher ratio

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About the Community

Established in 1893, Alva's  motto is “where charm and adventure meet.” With a population of about 5,000 residents, Alva has good schools, low cost of living, friendly neighbors and many other amenities. NWOSU is the largest area employer, and Alva serves as the County Seat for Woods County.


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