Committee Recommends Shrum As Next OSU President

Apr 4, 2021

Dr. Kayse Shrum will be the first woman to serve as president of Oklahoma State University.
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STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — A selection committee has announced it will recommend Dr. Kayse Shrum as the next president of Oklahoma State University.

The committee late Friday selected Shrum after spending two days interviewing finalists to succeed President Burns Hargis, who announced in October he would retire at the end of the current fiscal year.

Shrum, president of the OSU Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa since 2013 and a former state secretary of science and innovation in Gov. Kevin Stitt’s cabinet, is to take over as OSU president on July 1.

”I am humbled and honored by this announcement,” Shrum said. “To lead our vibrant university and the system, which is so vital to our state on many levels, will be the greatest challenge and honor of my professional career. I am looking forward to this opportunity with high anticipation.”

The selection must be confirmed by the OSU/A&M Board of Regents, which is to meet April 23.

Shrum becomes the 19th president of OSU and the first woman to lead the university.