Cameron University

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TypeCameron University_header_cell_0_0_0 PublicCameron University_cell_0_0_1
EstablishedCameron University_header_cell_0_1_0 1908Cameron University_cell_0_1_1
PresidentCameron University_header_cell_0_2_0 John M. McArthurCameron University_cell_0_2_1
StudentsCameron University_header_cell_0_3_0 5,589Cameron University_cell_0_3_1
UndergraduatesCameron University_header_cell_0_4_0 5,202Cameron University_cell_0_4_1
PostgraduatesCameron University_header_cell_0_5_0 387Cameron University_cell_0_5_1
LocationCameron University_header_cell_0_6_0 Lawton, Oklahoma, United StatesCameron University_cell_0_6_1
ColorsCameron University_header_cell_0_7_0 Gold and BlackCameron University_cell_0_7_1
AthleticsCameron University_header_cell_0_8_0 NCAA Division IILone StarCameron University_cell_0_8_1
NicknameCameron University_header_cell_0_9_0 AggiesCameron University_cell_0_9_1
WebsiteCameron University_header_cell_0_10_0 Cameron University_cell_0_10_1

Cameron University is a public university in Lawton, Oklahoma. Cameron University_sentence_0

It offers more than 50 degrees through two-year, four-year, and graduate programs. Cameron University_sentence_1

The degree programs emphasize the liberal arts, science and technology, and graduate and professional studies. Cameron University_sentence_2

It was founded in 1908, soon after Oklahoma was admitted as a state, as one of six agricultural high schools in the largely rural region. Cameron University_sentence_3

History Cameron University_section_0

The Oklahoma Legislature created six agricultural high schools in each judicial district in 1908, a year after statehood. Cameron University_sentence_4

Lawton was chosen over Anadarko in April 1909 to receive a high school; the town had already set aside a portion of land to develop a higher educational institution. Cameron University_sentence_5

The University Improvement Association, under the auspices of the Lawton Chamber of Commerce, organized the effort to acquire 220 acres (89 ha) of land two miles (three kilometers) west of the town. Cameron University_sentence_6

Its original goal was to secure a private Baptist college. Cameron University_sentence_7

Arrangements with the Baptists fell through in the summer of 1908. Cameron University_sentence_8

The Catholic Church approached the Association with an offer to found an all-male institution on the site. Cameron University_sentence_9

This plan was rejected by the town leaders, who were predominately Protestant. Cameron University_sentence_10

What was known as the Cameron State School of Agriculture was named for Rev. Cameron University_sentence_11

E. Cameron University_sentence_12 D. Cameron, a Baptist minister and Oklahoma's first State Superintendent of Schools. Cameron University_sentence_13

The first classes were held on Statehood Day, November 16, 1909, in the basement of a bank building, while a new campus building was being constructed. Cameron University_sentence_14

In 1927 Cameron added junior college-level classes to the school's offerings, when local higher education needs exceeded what was available in southwest Oklahoma. Cameron University_sentence_15

With this expansion, the institution was renamed as Cameron State Agricultural College. Cameron University_sentence_16

By 1941, the high school preparatory classes were dropped. Cameron University_sentence_17

Cameron was classified solely as a junior college that year, when the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education was formed and joined the group of institutions governed by the Board of Regents of Oklahoma A&M Colleges. Cameron University_sentence_18

Based on additional development of programs and curriculum, in 1966 the legislation passed a bill authorizing the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education to allow the college to award Baccalaureate degrees. Cameron University_sentence_19

The institution's name was shortened to Cameron College in 1971 and, with more program expansion, changed to Cameron University in 1974. Cameron University_sentence_20

As the 1970s continued, Cameron demonstrated its dedication to expanded academic offerings through the construction of a fine arts facility designed to serve students in theatre, music, broadcasting, and speech communication. Cameron University_sentence_21

Dr. Donald J. Owen served as Cameron's president from 1969 to 1980. Cameron University_sentence_22

A Cameron graduate, Owen worked to build academic programs and develop relationships with the Lawton community, as well as the Oklahoma State University system, under which CU fell during his tenure. Cameron University_sentence_23

Cameron's sports teams, particularly football and basketball, excelled during that time. Cameron University_sentence_24

A new President's residence was constructed on Gore Boulevard, west of the campus. Cameron University_sentence_25

In 1988, State Regents expanded Cameron's functions to include graduate offerings at the master's degree level. Cameron University_sentence_26

This was the first change granted to an Oklahoma institution since Cameron was given the authority to offer bachelor's degrees more than 20 years earlier. Cameron University_sentence_27

In the 1990s, Cameron University came under the Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma. Cameron University_sentence_28

Don Davis was President of Cameron University from 1980 to 2002. Cameron University_sentence_29

His father, Clarence L. Davis, was President of Cameron from 1957 to 1960. Cameron University_sentence_30

As a child, Davis lived in the President's house on campus with his parents and sister. Cameron University_sentence_31

As a former legislator from Lawton, Davis was able to secure funding for Cameron that supported it in developing as the premier institute for higher education in southwestern Oklahoma. Cameron University_sentence_32

Also during Davis' tenure, a classical radio station, KCCU 89.3, was founded. Cameron University_sentence_33

Numerous renowned scholars, including Richard Leakey and Cornel West, have spoken at Cameron's annual Academic Festival. Cameron University_sentence_34

In May 2004, Cameron took over the Duncan Higher Education Center in Duncan, Oklahoma. Cameron University_sentence_35

It was renamed as Cameron University - Duncan. Cameron University_sentence_36

Presidents Cameron University_section_1

Since its founding in 1908, Cameron University has had 17 presidents. Cameron University_sentence_37

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  • J. A. Liner, 1908–1912Cameron University_item_0_0
  • Ralph K. Robertson, 1912–1913Cameron University_item_0_1
  • E. M. Frost, 1913Cameron University_item_0_2
  • Robert P. Short, 1913–1914Cameron University_item_0_3
  • A. C. Farley, 1914–1920Cameron University_item_0_4
  • A. E. Wickizer, 1920–1923Cameron University_item_0_5
  • John G. March, 1923–1927Cameron University_item_0_6
  • John Coffey, 1927–1931Cameron University_item_0_7
  • Charles M. Conwill, 1931–1946Cameron University_item_0_8
  • Clarence H. Breedlove, 1946–1947Cameron University_item_0_9
  • C. Vernon Howell, 1947–1957Cameron University_item_0_10
  • Clarence L. Davis, 1957–1960Cameron University_item_0_11
  • Richard B. Burch, 1960–1969Cameron University_item_0_12
  • Don J. Owen, 1969–1980Cameron University_item_0_13
  • Don C. Davis, 1980–2002Cameron University_item_0_14
  • Cindy Ross, 2002–2013Cameron University_item_0_15
  • John M. McArthur, 2013–presentCameron University_item_0_16

Accreditation Cameron University_section_2

Cameron University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Cameron University_sentence_38

The Bachelor of Accounting, Bachelor of Business Administration, and Master of Business Administration degrees offered by the School of Graduate and Professional Studies are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. Cameron University_sentence_39

Campus life Cameron University_section_3

Most courses are offered during weekdays and evenings. Cameron University_sentence_40

Cameron uses television, the internet, and a statewide fiber-optics network to deliver classes around the world. Cameron University_sentence_41

Students may participate in independent study, cooperative education, pre-professional studies, teacher certification, and the Army ROTC program. Cameron University_sentence_42

In addition, Cameron offers an honors program, early admission, advanced standing, and college-level examination programs. Cameron University_sentence_43

Some 58% of entering students require remedial work, as their median ACT scores are at the ninth percentile. Cameron University_sentence_44

A wide range of organizations and interest groups are located on campus, including departmental, minority, professional, political, and religious organizations, and various honorary and recognition societies. Cameron University_sentence_45

Students can also become involved in student government, choral groups, a jazz ensemble, theater, or Greek life. Cameron University_sentence_46

Athletics Cameron University_section_4

Main article: Cameron Aggies Cameron University_sentence_47

Cameron is a member of the Lone Star Conference in Division II of the NCAA. Cameron University_sentence_48

Sports offered are men's and women's basketball, baseball, volleyball, softball, men's and women's golf, men's and women's tennis, and men's and women's cross country. Cameron University_sentence_49

Notable alumni Cameron University_section_5

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