Dr. Chris Markwood
Christopher L. Markwood became Columbus State University's fifth president on June 1, 2015.
Since becoming president, he and his family have become active participants on campus and in the Columbus community. That involvement helped spur one of Markwood's first priorities as CSU president: expanding a strong town-gown relationship. One example of this work was the creation of WinterFest, a community-wide holiday celebration on campus that drew more than 2,500 fans. On the academic side of campus, utilizing collaborative leadership, he is focusing on bridging the "islands of innovation" he discovered while visiting with every department at CSU, and strengthening CSU's relationship with the Muscogee County School District.
Before moving to Georgia, Markwood served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi from 2011-2014. Markwood served as interim chancellor (August 2010 – March 2011) at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, where he also served as provost, vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of faculties from 2006-2010.
He held teaching positions at Lamar University, the University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia College and Southwest Baptist University before moving to the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) in 1994 as an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science. He moved through the faculty ranks at UCO, serving as assistant dean and then inaugural dean of the College of Arts, Media & Design in 2001.
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.
Throughout his administrative career, he has sought to increase student enrollment and success, champion 21st century learning, transform processes and services, and invest in faculty and staff development.
Author and editor of the book "Oklahoma Government and Politics – an Introduction,"Markwood has written articles and presented nationwide about topics related to political science and continuous improvement in higher education. He is a board member for the Georgia Council on Economic Education, the Voluntary System of Accountability and Together 2016.
A native of Texas, Markwood earned a doctorate and master's degree in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science and history from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo. He and his wife, Bridget, have one young daughter.