About us – UCSO

About Us


In 1974, noticing a lack of convenient higher education in Southern Oklahoma, the Oklahoma State Legislature created the Ardmore Higher Education Center. Starting with only ten programs and 110 students, the program quickly grew and was made permanent in 1977 by a state statute. Since the ‘70s our center has grown rapidly and at its peak offered 300 courses to 1,800 students each semester.


Everyone at UCSO has one common goal: help our students succeed. Whether it is our expert instructors or our friendly advisors, we are all here to make sure you are able to achieve your dreams. Our instructors have experience in the field they teach and bring that experience into the classroom for a unique real-world education.

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Board of Trustees

Established in 1985, our Board of Trustees is appointed by the governor and each serves a nine-year term. Terms are renewable at the governor’s discretion. The Board of Trustees manages funds for the university, negotiates agreements with other universities for degrees, and selects UCSO’s CEO – now president.

The University Center Board of Trustees is authorized by statute to submit a budget to the Oklahoma State Regents; administer and oversee the management of funds; negotiate agreements with universities/colleges for courses; select the CEO who, in turn, coordinates programs and services, and hires/manages staff; and acquire and take title to real and personal property.

The University Center Board of Trustees meets bi-monthly for its regular meeting and may call special meetings with 48-hour advance notification.

2021 Regular Meeting Schedule

  • March 18 – Informational Community Forum – Ardmore Convention Center, 2401 N. Rockford – 5:00pm – Agenda
  • April 22 – University Center, 2901 Mt. Washington Rd. – 4:00pm
  • May 13 –  University Center, 2901 Mt. Washington Rd. – 4:00pm

Board of Trustees

Keith King


Shana Tate Hammond


Gary Farabough


Kirk Rodden
Sarah Veazey
Cynthia Jordan
Eric J. Holquin
Keith Nance
Thomas Worsham
Weldon Luke Pollard


The Southern Oklahoma Higher Education Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3), is the supporting foundation for UCSO. The foundation awards tuition assistance scholarships regularly from funds donated or bequeathed and raised several million dollars to assist with construction of the new Health Science & Math Center.



The University Center of Southern Oklahoma offers a unique educational opportunity for students.  Our partner institutions, Langston University, Murray State College, and Southeastern Oklahoma State University offer associate, undergraduate, and graduate degrees in varied disciplines.

The beauty of enrollment at the University Center is that you truly can “Stay here…Go far!” to achieve your educational goals at this state-of-the-art facility in Ardmore.

UCSO Campus








Langston University School of Nursing @ UCSO Ardmore has the following positions available:

Full-Time Nursing Instructor

In search of full-time nursing instructor for fall 2021 semester. Candidate would be responsible for teaching and overseeing students in a clinical setting. Applicant must have a Master’s in Nursing. Experience preferred.

Part-Time Lab Coordinator

In search of part-time lab coordinator for spring 2021 semester. Candidate would be responsible for overseeing the nursing lab scheduling, inventory, assisting with simulations, organizing lab groups and set-up about 16 hours a week. Some flexibility in scheduling in hours. Applicant must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Experience preferred.

Adjunct Instructor

In search of adjunct instructor for spring 2021 semester. Candidate would be responsible for teaching a nursing class or overseeing students in the clinical setting. Applicant must have a Master’s in Nursing. Experience preferred.

To apply, download and complete the following application and resume to anna.duran@langston.edu

For more information, call Ms. Duran @ 580-319-0319.


Health, Science, and Math Center

Our new, state-of-the-art building covers 49,000 square feet and includes four science laboratories, two nursing skills laboratories, and numerous multimedia and interactive television classrooms.

This facility was built on property generously provided through private funding.  

Donation Opportunities

The Southern Oklahoma Higher Education Foundation works continuously to raise funds for the University Center, making sure we can maintain and advance the property to provide the best in education and practical experience to students.   If you would like to donate to the University Center, contact us at (580) 319-0301 for more information.

We appreciate local foundations who have awarded grants, such as the Ardmore Institute of Health, for our mile-long walking trail.  Come walk anytime to see the spectacular view of the Arbuckles!  Other foundations, such as the McCrory Foundation and the Southern Oklahoma Memorial Foundation, to name a few, have generously provided for student scholarships and other projects.  

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