Open Forum with Provost Candidates

January 22, 2019

Next Monday, Jan. 28, TCC faculty, staff and students have the opportunity to meet and question the three finalists for the Metro Campus and West Campus Provost positions.

The candidates are Dr. Kristopher Copeland, Dr. Michael J. Self, Sr., and Dr. Angela Sivadon.

“The search committee and I are pleased with the talent and experience each finalist brings for consideration,” says Dr. Cindy Hess, senior vice president and chief academic officer. “I look forward to the additional input from our college community.”

The open forum takes place in the Metro Campus Commons from 3:30 – 5 p.m. For those unable to attend, a live stream will be available at Each candidate will deliver an opening statement before taking questions. Faculty Association President Kirk Brewer will moderate.

The open forum is the final stage of a search process that began in October. The provost search committee included eleven faculty, staff, and administrative team members. The committee was chaired by Sr. Vice President and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Cindy Hess and Faculty Association President Kirk Brewer. The committee conducted a concurrent dual search for both provosts.

A Qualtrics survey will be available to any who attend the open forum or watch the livestream to provide feedback on the candidates.

The Metro Provost position is open because Dr. Greg Stone, the current Metro Provost, will be moving to the TCC Southeast Campus upon the retirement of current SEC campus Provost Dr. John Gibson.

Breakdown of Provost Duties for West & Metro:

  • The Metro Campus Provost will oversee Schools of Allied Health, Nursing, and Business & IT, including Corrections programming. The Center for Creativity will also report to the Metro Provost.
  • The West Campus Provost role will oversee Interdisciplinary Support for the College, including Institutional Research & Assessment, the Division of Engaged Learning (Freshman Seminar, Faculty Development and High Impact Practices) and Online Learning.

Kristopher Copeland
(Candidate for West Campus Provost)

Kristopher Copeland currently serves as the Executive Dean of Liberal Arts at North Lake College in Irving, TX. Prior to his appointment at North Lake College, Kristopher served as a faculty member in the communication studies discipline for 12 years. An active member in the communication studies discipline, he has served as president and former conference planner of the Oklahoma Speech Theater Communication Association and currently serves as the chair of the Federation Prize for the Central States Communication Association.

Additionally, Kristopher is active in serving the community. He serves as co-chair of the Irving Independent School District (ISD) Educational Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Irving ISD Career and Technical Advisory Board and Singley Academy’s Law Advisory Committee. Kristopher has completed the Educators’ Leadership Academy through the University of Central Oklahoma and the Leadership Executive Advancement Program (LEAP) through North Lake College. 

Kristopher earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy and Higher Education from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, a Master of Arts in Communication from the U of A, a Bachelor of Arts in Speech/Theater Education from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, and an Associate of Arts from Carl Albert State College in Poteau.

Dr. Michael J. Self, Sr.
(Candidate for both Provost positions)

Michael J. Self Sr., a native Louisianan, is a mathematician and an educator, having earned degrees in Mathematics and Education.

He began his professional career as a full–time classroom teacher, serving at both the secondary and post-secondary level. His experiences include teaching courses in mathematics, statistics, and education, in traditional, hybrid, fully online, and accelerated formats. Understanding the impact that teaching and learning has on student success, he has continued to serve as an adjunct professor while in administrative roles.

Dr. Self has more than twelve years of experience in higher education leadership roles, consistently focusing on improving institutional effectiveness and student access and success. His accomplishments include leading the development of strategic plans, the implementation of enrollment management plans, the expansion and improvement of institutional wireless access, and the implementation of initiatives that improved institutional standing with accreditation agencies.

Dr. Self is an ardent proponent of community engagement. He has served on governing boards for local community centers, charter schools, and city government agencies. In his free time, Dr. Self enjoys watching movies with his son and traveling the globe to enjoy new adventures with his wife.

Dr. Angela Sivadon
(Candidate for both Provost positions)

Dr. Angela Sivadon is the Dean of the School of Nursing at Tulsa Community College. An Oklahoma native, Dr. Sivadon has strong ties to the Tulsa community, having obtained her initial nursing degree from Tulsa Junior College. With a Ph.D. in Nursing from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, her academic research, published in the Journal of American Psychiatric Nurses Association, focuses on the health disparities of sexual minorities in the Midwest. Sivadon worked as a cardiac nurse in the community for 14 years before discovering her passion for education as an adjunct faculty member in the same nursing program from which she graduated. After teaching as a full-time faculty member in TCC’s Nursing program for three years, Dr. Sivadon developed and launched the College’s Cardiovascular Technology program to meet the growing demand from community hospitals. During her tenure as Faculty Association President, Sivadon co-chaired the implementation of Guided Pathways at TCC. She has presented on the process of integrating guided pathways and strategic planning to ensure student success at the Higher Learning Commission annual conference and is a guest lecturer for local second-year medical students, presenting on the health disparities of LGBTQ patients.

Dr. Sivadon currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Heart Association/Tulsa Chapter and has previously served as President of the Executive Board of Directors for Oklahomans for Equality.