Cameron University’s Jamie Glover, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, was honored with the Natalea Watkins Communicator of the Year Award during the recent Oklahoma College Public Relations Association (OCPRA) and Communicators Council fall workshop and luncheon held last week in Weatherford. The award honors a communications professional from one of Oklahoma’s colleges and universities whose service and leadership have set a high standard for others.
“I cannot imagine a more deserving recipient of the Natalea Watkins Communicator of the Year Award,” says Cameron President John McArthur. “Jamie Glover’s contributions to Cameron University and to higher education in Oklahoma through her service to OCPRA and the Communicators Council are significant. The fact that the award comes from her peers across the state makes it especially gratifying. We have been fortunate to have her as a valued staff member for more than a decade.”
“It is such an honor to receive this award and a privilege to be named among the outstanding award winners from previous years,” Glover says. “I consider any success I have achieved in this field to be largely attributable to the outstanding university I have had the opportunity to work for and to the team of hard-working professionals I get to work with every day.”
Glover began her career at Cameron in 2003 as an admissions counselor. She took on rapidly increasing levels of responsibility, serving as Director of Community Relations and, since July 2008, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management. She is also a graduate of Cameron’s MBA program. Glover has played a vital role in establishing and maintaining Cameron’s status as the University of Choice in southwest Oklahoma, providing significant leadership as the university achieved its all-time high headcount enrollment in Fall 2011.
Her commitment to the university resulted in the creation and execution of numerous exciting and unique campus events designed to engage prospective students, current students and community members. These include Gold Rush orientations, Graduate Studies Preview Nights, Aggie Sneak Peek events, Holiday Tree Lightings, and numerous and memorable ground-breaking and gift announcements during the enormously successful Centennial Campaign.
Additional accomplishments include leading the development and launch of the university’s current logo and tagline; effectively allocating an increasing pool of scholarship and tuition waiver resources to provide more students with better opportunities to attend and complete a college degree with minimal debt; leading Cameron’s marketing efforts to launch “Reach Higher,” the adult degree completion program, placing the university as a program leader in the state; and leading the review, revision, and complete renewal of Cameron’s web presence. She also provided significant leadership during the campus transition toward a more traditional collegiate experience, led numerous campus projects to increase the sophistication and use of technology for communication with current and prospective students, and oversaw the growth and improvement of the Office of Public Affairs (formerly the Office of Community Relations) as evidenced by numerous awards through the years from the Oklahoma College Public Relations Association.
Glover’s commitment to higher education is not limited to Cameron University. She has served as chair of the Executive Committee of the Oklahoma State Regents’ Communicators Council and as a member of the OCPRA Board of Directors. A graduate of Leadership Lawton/Fort Sill, she went on to serve on that organization’s Board of Directors.
The Natalea Watkins Communicator of the Year Award is the highest award available to communications professionals in Oklahoma higher education. It is named for the first recipient, Natalea Watkins, a longtime executive in public relations at Oklahoma State University. Watkins, now retired, provided diligent and thoughtful leadership to both the Oklahoma College Public Relations Association, which serves communication professionals across Oklahoma, and the Communicators Council, which serves an advisory role for the Oklahoma Chancellor of Higher Education.
November 18, 2014