Cameron University President John McArthur is pleased to announce the naming of two Cameron faculty members to endowed faculty positions. Dr. Howard Kuchta, Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean, School of Education and Behavioral Sciences, has been named the McCasland Foundation Endowed Chair in Educational Leadership, and Dr. Matthew Mireles, Assistant Professor of Music, has been chosen as the Joye R. Lentz Endowed Professor. Both appointments are effective October 1. The Board of Regents for The University of Oklahoma, Cameron University and Rogers State University approved the appointments today during its regularly scheduled meeting.
“Dr. Kuchta and Dr. Mireles exemplify the outstanding faculty we have at Cameron,” says President McArthur. “The establishment of endowed faculty positions by our valued donors enables our faculty members to enhance the quality of education available to students at Cameron University.”
The McCasland Endowed Chair in Educational Leadership was established by the McCasland Foundation of Duncan in October 2004 to advance the study of educational and school leadership and administration. The Joye R. Lentz Endowed Professorship in Music was established in August 2015 to advance the quality of education in music at Cameron University and in southwest Oklahoma.
As the McCasland Endowed Chair in Educational Leadership, Dr. Kuchta will be directly involved with area educators in helping to improve all aspects of educational leadership through visitations, training conferences, and mentoring; increase visibility of Cameron University and its education programs at the state and national level; provide support for area principals and superintendents; engage in state and national conversations regarding P-12 education and educational leadership and stay abreast of legislative activities at both the state and national level that impact education; and will recruit area teachers to further their education in Cameron’s Educational Leadership program.
As the Joye R. Lentz Endowed Professor in Music, Dr. Mireles will assist in promoting music-related community outreach to aspiring middle school or high school students in the Cameron University service area.
Following a 34 year career as a teacher and administrator with Lawton Public Schools, Dr. Kuchta joined the Cameron faculty in 2005 as an Assistant Professor and Director of Assessment in the Department of Education. He served as Interim Dean of the School of Education and Behavioral Sciences from 2013-14 and was appointed Assistant Dean, School of Education and Behavioral Sciences, in 2014. Kuchta holds a Doctor of Education in Educational Administration and a Master’s of Education in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Oklahoma. He is a past recipient of the Oklahoma Governor’s Arts Award for Community Service, the Lawton Citizen of the Arts Award, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Service Award. Kuchta is a member of Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), the National School Development Council (NSDC), Phi Delta Kappa International and the Oklahoma Retired Educators Association.
Mireles joined the Cameron University faculty in August 2013. He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in euphonium performance and instrumental conducting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison after receiving a Master of Music in euphonium performance from the University of Alabama. He has performed as a soloist and in ensembles with symphonies, orchestras and concert bands across the United States. His first solo recording, “Prometheus,” was released earlier this year. Mireles was the winner of the 2008 Leonard Falcone International Euphonium Competition, the most prestigious annual international competition for euphonium, as well as the 2007 Mid-Texas Symphony Young Artist Competition, the 2007 University of Alabama Concerto-Aria Competition and the 2008 International Tuba Euphonium Conference Chamber Music Competition. He is an active chamber musician, playing euphonium with the Boreas Quartet.
September 16, 2015