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Patti Neuhold Named New University of Central Oklahoma President

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Feb. 8, 2019

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Patti Neuhold Named New University of Central Oklahoma President

The Regional University System of Oklahoma today named Patti Neuhold as the 21st president of the University of Central. Current UCO President Don Betz will retire June 30, 2019.

Neuhold is the Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer for the University of Central Oklahoma. Neuhold has a deep knowledge of UCO, having served in leadership in finance and budget, administrative and professional development departments, joining the university in 2007.

Neuhold balanced UCO’s $187 million budget through years of the most significant declines in state support and declining enrollment.  She facilitated business process reviews that resulted in savings, higher retention of faculty and new leadership development opportunities.

“Patti Neuhold has the leadership experience, and vision for the university that will help prepare our students to contribute ideas, innovation and solutions to the marketplace,” said Mark Stansberry, RUSO regent chair. “Her blend of financial acumen, organizational development and understanding of what industry needs will help UCO continue to lead in education and workforce development.”

Neuhold was approved by the board of regents on Friday.  Her appointment is the result of a national search.

“Patti has been a key member of the university cabinet for several years, and has exercised significant leadership on a number of highly relevant issues to the university,” Betz said. “I believe that Patti will serve the UCO community, the metro and the state with energy, insight and distinction. I will work closely with her throughout the transition. I am delighted, and I sincerely look forward to the successful future of the university under her leadership.”

With strong connections throughout the Oklahoma City metro, the University of Central Oklahoma is dedicated to developing in students the confidence to succeed through transformative learning experiences. From its main campus in Edmond and facilities throughout the metro area, UCO is recognized nationally as a military-friendly school and for its high student engagement through service-learning and volunteerism and its workplace environment.

Founded in 1890, Central connects its nearly 16,000 students to unmatched value found in 121 undergraduate areas of study and 76 graduate majors from its main campus in Edmond and facilities throughout the metro area. The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Cutline:  The Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents has named Patti Neuhold as the University of Central Oklahoma’s new president.