Jon Horinek, a 2003 Cameron University graduate, has been selected as the university’s first Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success. The University of Oklahoma, Cameron University and Rogers State University Board of Regents approved Horinek’s appointment earlier today. Horinek will assume his role effective May 19, 2015.
“Jon Horinek brings a wealth of experience in Oklahoma higher education and considerable knowledge about Cameron University as a graduate and past employee,” says Cameron President John McArthur. “We conducted an extensive national search for the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success. After consideration of numerous qualified applicants, Mr. Horinek was selected for the position. I am confident that he will be a tremendous asset for our students and the university.”
“I am thrilled to be returning home to southwest Oklahoma and Cameron University,” Horinek says. “Cameron has a strong academic foundation and a unique mission of service to students and the community. President McArthur, the Executive Council, outstanding faculty and dedicated staff have strengthened that foundation, and I count myself lucky to be part of such a dynamic and forward-thinking team.”
As Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success, Horinek will be responsible for administration and leadership of the Office of Enrollment Management and Student Success. He will provide direct oversight for the areas of admissions, financial assistance and student services which includes prospective student services, campus housing, student activities, student development, disability services, recreation and wellness programs. Horinek will have managerial responsibility for the supervision, evaluation, and training of professional and classified support staff as well as responsibility for the development and administration of budgets including the allocation of university scholarship and waiver funds. He will work collaboratively and creatively with other university executive administrators to maintain and improve a living and learning environment conducive to student success.
“Any Cameron student or graduate will tell you that the Cameron experience is fundamentally better and different from any other college experience in the state or region,” Horinek says. “Attending and completing a degree or certificate from Cameron gives every student a unique advantage that pays a lifetime of dividends. I benefited from them as a student and as an alumnus. My goal is to ensure that these advantages are available to as many students as possible.”
Horinek has been in higher education leadership for more than 12 years. Most recently Director of Recruitment and Admissions at Oklahoma City Community College, Horinek has extensive experience in the areas of enrollment management, admissions, recruitment, service-learning, student activities, and retention and graduation programs. While at Oklahoma City Community College, he contributed to the institution’s record enrollment growth in the extremely competitive Oklahoma City higher education market. Under his leadership, OCCC was the only college or university in the state to report an increase in headcount enrollment in the fall of 2014. Horinek has also served on numerous institutional committees including Achieving the Dream Initiative, College Board Affinity Network and Complete College America. In 2008, Horinek was awarded the William Pennington Outstanding New Professional Award from the Oklahoma College Student Personnel Association and the Oklahoma Council on Student Affairs.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Cameron University, Master of Education from The University of Oklahoma and is currently a doctoral candidate in the Educational Leadership program at Oklahoma State University, where he was honored with the Robert B. and Maxine Kamm Distinguished Graduate Fellowship in 2013. His research interests include the psychological and socioeconomic factors that influence college choice, access, and equity in higher education.
Horinek is a member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, American Educational Research Association, National Association for College Admission Counseling, Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society and is currently serving as the President of the Oklahoma Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers.
A native of Duncan and a graduate of Duncan High School, Horinek was a PLUS Scholar, editor of the Cameron Collegian, and chair of the Programming Activities Council while at CU. He is a lifetime member of the Cameron University Alumni Association and recently received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award.
Horinek is the son of Cameron alumnus Herb Horinek, who recently retired after 40 years with Halliburton, and Jeri Horinek, who retired after 38 years as a public school teacher in Duncan. His younger brother Jim is also a Cameron alumnus who works in marketing in Lawton.
May 7, 2015