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University of Alabama names Myron Pope vice president for student life

The University of Alabama announced Friday its decision to name Myron Pope, an Alabama native and graduate from the Capstone, vice president for student life.

The decision to hire Pope, which will take effect on May 4, was praised by University of Alabama President Stuart Bell.

“As an alumnus of the University, Dr. Pope brings both a wealth of knowledge and leadership in higher education and a very special personal perspective to our administrative team,” President Bell said. “He will be a tremendous asset to our students and the campus community.”

According to a press release, Pope formerly had a higher education career in Oklahoma.

“He was in student affairs and enrollment management at the University of Central Oklahoma, including 14 years in vice presidential roles,” the press release noted. “Most recently he has served as chief of strategic engagement for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.”

Pope’s experience includes faculty appointments at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Central Oklahoma. While at the University of Oklahoma, he served as associate director of the Center for Student Affairs Research.

The press release also discussed some of Pope’s history with the University of Alabama:

Pope earned a Bachelor of Arts in history and a Master of Arts and Doctor of Education in higher education administration from the Capstone. The Sweet Water native was a walk-on member of the Crimson Tide’s 1992 national championship football team. He was also a member of the administrative staff at The University of Alabama, serving as director of recruitment programs/alternative certification from 1997 to 2000 and as a clinical assistant professor in the higher education administrative program.

Pope also released a statement, saying he is “honored and humbled” to return to the university.

“I am honored and humbled to return to the Capstone, and I look forward to playing a role in promoting the success of all of our students,” said Pope. “I want to thank President Bell for this opportunity, and I look forward to working with him, the division of Student Life and leadership to advance the mission of this institution that I love dearly. Roll Tide.”

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