Senior Consultant

Chris Markwood, Ph.D.


Strategic planning and execution; Organizational assessment, alignment and transformation; Executive Coaching; Team building/development; Leadership onboarding and transition; Shared governance; External relations and fund development; Academic planning and development


Dr. Chris Markwood brings more than 25 years of experience working for public, regional, and urban university campuses.

Most recently concluding seven years as President of Columbus State University, Dr. Markwood has served as Provost at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, Provost and Interim Chancellor at the University of Wisconsin Superior as well as the Inaugural Dean of the College of Arts, Media & Design as the University of Central Oklahoma.

During his time at CSU, he guided the university through the conclusion of its comprehensive fundraising campaign with over 120 million raised and championed the “Create You” branding initiative for the institution.

During his tenure, he led the repositioning of the University’s program array, linking programs to economic development goals of the region.

He focused on fostering community engagement, taking a “communiversity” approach to town and gown relationships. His focus on workforce and economic development-focused partnerships with the region’s leading government, business, military and faith leaders led to novel outcomes in the areas of business, communications, cybersecurity, entrepreneurism, film production, robotics engineering, servant leadership, and teacher education.


  • Former Vice Chair and member of the Executive Committee, Peach Belt Athletic Conference.

  • Former Treasurer, LEAP Texas.

  • Former Board member, Voluntary System of Accountability.

  • Former Board member and Treasure, Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Social Workers.

  • Former member of the Wisconsin System Advisory Group on Liberal Arts.

  • Former member AASCU Committee on Student Success


  • Department of the Army Meritorious Public Service Medal recipient.

  • Georgia Trend magazine “100 Most Influential Georgians” honoree (six years).

  • Georgia Military College Saber for work developing servant leaders.

  • CommUNITY Award. West Georgia Chapter of the Police Benevolent Association of Georgia.

  • Phi Kappa Phi inductee.

  • Modeling the Way Award, University of Central Oklahoma.


Ph.D., M.A., University of Missouri – Columbia

B.S., Southwest Baptist University