Dr. Chris Markwood
Christopher L. Markwood became Columbus State University's fifth president on June 1, 2015.
Before moving to Georgia, Markwood served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, a public university with more than 11,000 students. 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 other academic operations.
At A&M-Corpus Christi, Markwood focused on aligning academic and strategic planning, increasing private fund-raising and 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 (August 2010 – March 2011) of 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 an assistant dean and then becoming the 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.
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.
A native of Texas, Markwood earned a doctorate and master's degrees 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.