NORMAN — John McArthur, the current provost of Cameron University, was named the university's new president Friday.
The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents voted at a meeting Friday to authorize regents Chairman Richard Dunning to negotiate a contract with McArthur. McArthur will step into the post July 1.
McArthur was selected for the post from a pair of candidates, with the other candidate being former Lt. Gov. Jari Askins. Askins now serves as associate provost for university relations at OU Health Sciences Center.
Both McArthur and Askins were well-qualified for the position, Dunning said, leaving the board with a difficult choice.
McArthur succeeds outgoing President Cindy Ross, who has led the university since 2002 and plans to retire this summer.
McArthur has served as the university's provost since 2006. Before that, he served as the dean of the university's School of Science and Technology from 2004-06.
Before coming to Cameron, McArthur taught at Colorado State University — Pueblo and Southeastern Oklahoma State University, where he served as the chair of the computer science and technology department from 1999-2001.
McArthur holds a bachelor's from Rice University and a master's and doctorate from the University of Colorado.
In a statement, McArthur praised Ross' leadership at the Lawton-based university.
“I am excited about the future of Cameron University and for the opportunity to help shape that future with the outstanding faculty and staff and incredibly supportive community members in Lawton, Fort Sill, Duncan and beyond,” McArthur said.
“We will continue to further the Cameron University mission and values by keeping our students front and center for their education and for the growth of the communities we serve.”
Over the coming month, the board will negotiate the terms of McArthur's contract, including salary and benefits, said Anil Gollahalli, the board's general counsel.
Terms of the contract will go before the board at a meeting in June, Gollahalli said.