Dr. Shannon Cunningham Appointed Richland College Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success

Headshot of Dr. Shannon CunninghamRichland College has named Shannon Cunningham, Ph.D., to the position of executive vice president for academic affairs and student success. Cunningham’s appointment was approved by the Dallas County Community College District Board of Trustees Nov. 7, and she will assume her role Jan. 2, 2018.

Cunningham was chosen in a national search that included a review committee consisting of Richland College staff and faculty members, along with candidate forums, meet-and-greet sessions, and a college-wide survey that allowed college community members to provide candid input.

“Dr. Shannon Cunningham brings proven leadership and experience in academic and student affairs, coupled with an impressive passion for student success. I am confident that she will inspire and advance Richland College’s vision, mission, and strategic direction in her role as executive vice president,” said Kathryn K. Eggleston, Ph.D., Richland College president.

Cunningham currently serves as vice president at Northern Oklahoma College Stillwater Campus, a community college in Stillwater, Okla. In addition to advancing multiple service areas of the college, she helped ensure the success of the Northern Oklahoma College/Oklahoma State University Gateway Program, a partnership designed to recruit and prepare students for enrollment at Oklahoma State University. She also provided oversight and direction in new capital construction of a $22 million facility and in securing a multimillion dollar Department of Education Title III grant for Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institutions (NASNTI).

Prior to her current role at Northern Oklahoma College Stillwater Campus, Cunningham served at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) as the assistant vice president for academic affairs and director at NEO Grove and agriculture department chair. She also served as a faculty member in the agriculture department and the horse judging team coach.

“I am a passionate supporter of higher education and know the importance our work has on the lives of our students; we change lives and provide a means to opportunities that improve futures,” Cunningham said. “I am very much looking forward to being a part of the Richland team and helping ensure excellence in education, innovation and student success.”

Cunningham has a Ph.D. in agriculture education and leadership from Oklahoma State University, a Master of Education in workforce development education from the University of Arkansas, a Bachelor of Science in animal science from Oklahoma State University and an Associate of Science in agriculture from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College.