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 is WinterFest, a community-wide holiday celebration at CSU that now draws thousands to campus every year. Utilizing collaborative leadership, he is promoting creativity, innovation and efficiency across campus, all aimed at improving learning and enhancing the university’s capability to attract, retain and graduate students.
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 began his teaching career at 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, he received the University of Central Oklahoma’s Modeling the Way award for innovative and creative leadership for his contributions to the development of the new college.
Throughout his administrative career, he has sought to increase student enrollment and success, champion 21st century learning, innovate 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.
In 2017, Dr. Markwood was named as one of Georgia’s 100 most influential people by Georgia Trend Magazine. He is a board member for the Georgia Council on Economic Education, serves on the Together 2017 board, and on the University System of Georgia’s Comprehensive Administrative Review committee. He also is on the executive committee of the Peach Belt Conference.
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.