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Academic Partners

The Oklahoma UCEDD’s academic partners in higher education serve to represent the UCEDD in different areas of the state.

Rick Wetherill is the Director of Continuing Education and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies at East Central University (ECU).  ECU continues to do training for direct services staff through a contract with the Developmental Disabilities Services Division of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. ECU trained over 3,500 staff last fiscal year. ECU also has conducted an interdisciplinary course for over 10 years through their partnership with the Oklahoma UCEDD. The week-long course trains students from a variety of disciplines, including education, psychology and social work, to work together as a team. ECU also hosts the Annual All Nations Pow-Wow and distributes materials to Native Americans through this venue.

Ronna Vanderslice is Vice President for Academic Affairs. Through Ronna's leadership, Cameron University offers Camp of Champs, a summer camp experience for children ages 6-13 with special needs, who are unserved and underserved due primarily to income and geographic location. Students from Cameron University from a wide variety of disciplines serve as counselors at the camp and are immersed in a week of caregiving and camp activities with children with developmental disabilities and their siblings.



Name and Title Contact Information

Rick Wetherill, PhD
Executive Director, Center of Continuing Education and Community Service

East Central University
1100 East 14th Street
103 Fentem Hall PMB E-3
Ada, Oklahoma 74820-6915

Ronna Vanderslice, EdD
Vice President for Academic Affairs

Cameron University
2800 West Gore Boulevard, NB-1023
Lawton, Oklahoma 73505



Page Last Updated: November 11, 2015