Dr. Cindy Ross, a fifth-generation Oklahoman, grew up in Wakita and moved to Medford where she graduated high school. She earned her baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees from Oklahoma State University while also a mother of two children, and held administrative and academic positions there until 1990. While at OSU, she developed a sexual harassment policy as well as family-friendly policies in dependent care leave and child care for working parents.
Dr. Ross became the first female to serve as President of Cameron University in 2002, and only the third female to lead an institution of higher education in Oklahoma. At Cameron, she has led the school in a significant capital campaign that has led to many improvements on campus, and student scholarships are up 180 percent. Additionally, she is the first and only woman thus far to serve as Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs with the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE), a position she held from 1994 to 2002. Prior to this she served as Associate Vice Chancellor at OSRHE.
In 2011, Dr. Ross was inducted in the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame. She was also inducted in the Oklahoma State University College of Education Hall of Fame in 2005, and was named Stillwater Business and Professional Women of the Year in 1983, among many other honors. She participated in the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference put on by the U.S. Secretary of Defense, and has made great effort to foster the relationship between Cameron and Fort Sill. She was inducted in The Order of Saint Barbara for her support of the Army and Marine Corps. She is an active leader in the Lawton and Southwestern Oklahoma communities and has a strong commitment to the students at Cameron.
Dr. Ross has two children, Garrett and Jordan, and one granddaughter, Cadence.
(Bio current as of 2011)