Sullivan Retiring from Cameron University
Lawton, Ok. – Cameron University Provost Dr. Don Sullivan has announced his plans to retire as of the end of December. Sullivan was first hired as Vice President for Advancement in 1992 and took his current post in July of last year.
Sullivan created Cameron's first sustained fund-raising program which now has resulted in the university having more endowed faculty positions than any other of the state's regional universities. He also played a key role in developing Cameron's efforts to gain a reputation as a research institution, an important factor in efforts to promote economic development in Southwest Oklahoma.
According to Cameron President Dr. Cindy Ross, "Don Sullivan has served the university well in many ways during the past decade. We have been fortunate to have someone with his experience who was comfortable in the classroom and dealing with academic issues as well as developing fund-raising programs. His leadership and vision will be missed."
Sullivan, whose title of provost emeritus was approved during this month's University of Oklahoma Board of Regents meeting, said, "My years at Cameron University have been some of the most rewarding of my life. I particularly appreciate all of the friends and supporters of the university with whom I've had the pleasure to work. I intend to continue providing assistance and support in any way possible to the university, because Cameron provides the greatest opportunity for our community to grow and prosper in the 21st Century."
Sullivan is a decorated Vietnam veteran and retired Army lieutenant colonel, holding degrees in social sciences and guidance and counseling from Oklahoma State University and a Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Missiouri-Columbia.
Dr. Terral McKellips, who retired a couple of years ago from his service as CU provost, will be assuming the provost duties. McKellips is completing his efforts in serving as interim Vice President of Administrative Affairs for the university.