University of Central Oklahoma President Don Betz, Ph.D., recently announced the appointment of Myron Pope, Ed.D., as the university’s new vice president for Student Affairs.
Pope previously served the university as vice president for enrollment management. In his new role, he will oversee a reorganized division of student affairs, which now includes enrollment management and the Wellness Center.
“Myron possesses the experience, creativity and vision to lead this area which is so critical to the success of our students,” Betz said.
“At UCO, student affairs connects with our students from the moment they are admitted to Central through the day they earn a degree. It is an integral partner with academic affairs in creating the transformative learning experience here at UCO.”
The student affairs division includes recruitment, admissions, enrollment, first year experience, campus activities, student organizations, fraternity and sorority life, student counseling services, career services, global affairs, graduation support services, and the Wellness Center, among other services.
The reorganization follows the new model emerging at many of Central’s peer institutions throughout the country.
“I am very excited about taking on this new role, and I am very appreciative of President Betz for this opportunity to lead our student development and services functions,” Pope said.
“I am committed to continuing to work collaboratively with the campus community to offer transformative, co-curricular learning opportunities for our students while providing them with the highest level of service in our enrollment areas. It is my desire to lead from this new role with a focus on student success as the goal of all of our efforts.”
Pope attended the University of Alabama where he received a bachelor's degree in history/English and a master's and doctorate in higher education administration. While at the University of Alabama, he played football for the Crimson Tide and was a part of the 1992 National Championship team.
During his career, he has worked in the community college system of Alabama as a talent search counselor, at the University of Alabama as the Director of Recruitment for the College of Education, and at the University of Oklahoma as a faculty member in the Adult and Higher Education program. He brought his broad range of experience to the University of Central Oklahoma in 2004, serving as assistant vice president of student affairs before being promoted to vice president for enrollment management in 2005.
He has conducted a variety of research on higher education related issues, including community college student and administrative issues, minority student concerns, faculty governance issues, and institutional trust. He has been published in scholarly journals and books and also has presented regionally, nationally, and internationally on these topics. He has been active on the regional and national levels of the American College Personnel Association, the Association for the Study of Higher Education, the Council for the Study of Community Colleges, and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, as well as serving as an evaluator with the Higher Learning Commission. He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., and is active in the community as a coordinator of Leadership Edmond, and board member for the Edmond Chamber of Commerce, the YMCA and the HOPE Center of Edmond.