Dr. Janet Cunningham

Dr. Janet Cunningham 
President, Northwestern Oklahoma State University


Dr. Janet Cunningham serves as the 19th president of Northwestern Oklahoma State University. She was named the school’s chief executive officer on July 1, 2006 following her appointment by the Board of Regents of the Regional University System of Oklahoma.

Cunningham is the second alum and first woman to serve as president of the institution.

As president, Cunningham has led many new initiatives such as the development of an enrollment management plan that led to record enrollments, increasing the number of nationally-accredited academic programs, and leading the effort to join the NCAA.

During her tenure, private giving to Northwestern has soared, including the establishment of numerous endowed faculty chairs and scholarships, and more than $5 million in gifts for the Vision for Victory campaign for athletics. Cunningham also has placed a new emphasis on securing grants from both the public and private sectors.

Northwestern’s campuses also have benefitted from her leadership and vision. The University constructed a new campus in Woodward and major renovations have been made to two classroom buildings in Alva. Other major construction projects include the Wisdom Agriculture Education Center, the Ranger Field football complex, baseball’s Myers Stadium, the Front Door entrance projects on the north side of campus and the commissioning of “The Ranger” statues at the Alva and Enid campuses.

Cunningham was named executive vice president in 2002 after serving 12 years as vice president for fiscal affairs. As executive vice president, Cunningham served as the second highest ranking officer at Northwestern, developing and administering the university’s fiscal operations, with additional direct control over student services, intercollegiate athletics, auxiliary services, physical plant, financial aid, information technology and economic development.

In 2015, she was awarded the Kate Barnard Award by the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women. The award is presented to female public servants who have contributed to an improved quality of life in Oklahoma. Also in 2015, Cunningham was inducted into the Oklahoma Educators Hall of Fame.

Cunningham earned a doctorate in education from Oklahoma State University and has both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northwestern. A certified public accountant, Cunningham also has completed professional education at the Institute of Educational Management at Harvard University and through the College Business Management Institute at the University of Kentucky. In 2001, she became a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma and currently serves on the board of directors for the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence.


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