Dr. Chris Markwood
Christopher L. Markwood became provost and vice president for academic affairs at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in March 2011. As provost, he oversaw the university's academic colleges, enrollment management division, research and sponsored programs, research centers, distance learning, international student services, the library and several other academic operations.
Markwood earned his Ph.D. and master's degrees in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He received his bachelor's degree in political science and history from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri.
At A&M-Corpus Christi, Markwood focused on aligning academic and strategic planning, increasing sponsored research, integrating curricular and co-curricular initiatives, improving retention and student success, strengthening shared governance, expanding enrollment, utilizing 21st century teaching and learning pedagogy, developing new academic programs and establishing continuous improvement processes and data-based decision making.
Previously, Markwood served as interim chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Superior, where he also served as provost from 2006-2010. He began his career as an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Central Oklahoma (Edmond) in 1994 and moved upward through the faculty ranks, serving as an assistant dean and becoming the inaugural dean of the College of Arts, Media & Design in 2001. He also has held teaching positions at Lamar University, the University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia College and Southwest Baptist University.
Author and editor of the book "Oklahoma Government and Politics – an Introduction", Markwood has written numerous articles and presented nationwide on topics related to political science and continuous improvement in higher education.
In 2005, Markwood received the University of Central Oklahoma's Modeling the Way Award for innovative and creative leadership for his contributions to the development of a new College of Arts, Media & Design. In 2011, he received the College of Fine Arts and Design Award for Excellence.
Markwood served as an evaluator for the Oklahoma Quality Award Foundation and on a variety of boards, including the Oklahoma State Licensing Board for Social Workers, Edmond Cultural Commission, the DaVinci Institute, the Edmond Broadway Tonight Series, the Superior-Douglas County Chamber of Commerce Board, the Lucious Woods Performing Arts and as the sponsorship chair for the Twin Ports American Cancer Society's Pink Ribbon Gala. Currently, Markwood serves on the KEDT Board of Directors for the South Texas Public Broadcasting System in Corpus Christi, the oversight board for the Voluntary System of Accountability, and he was recently elected treasurer for LEAP Texas.