Martha Burger Named OCU President

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City University has named Martha Burger as its next president, Board Chairman Ron Norick announced today. Burger will become the 18th president and first female president of the 114-year-old university July 1.

Burger is a former energy industry executive, most recently serving as senior vice president of human and corporate resources at Chesapeake Energy Corporation. She is very active in civic and professional organizations as well as statewide initiatives.

She has a long history with Oklahoma City University, receiving her MBA from OCU in 1992 and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the university in 2012. She has served on the OCU Board of Trustees since 2008 and chairs its audit and finance committee. Burger’s civic involvement has included serving as chair for the United Way of Central Oklahoma Campaign Cabinet, on the Board of Trustees for the University of Central Oklahoma, the Board of Trustees for the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation and the Central Oklahoma Humane Society.

Burger is co-founder of Amethyst Investments LLC and a member of the board of directors of Tapstone Energy.

“Martha Burger’s accomplishments in her career and her service to the university have prepared her well to serve as OCU’s next president,” Norick said. “She is the right person to guide our university forward. I am delighted that she has accepted the position, and I am very excited about the future of the university.”

“I look forward to serving the students, faculty, and staff of Oklahoma City University,” Burger said. “I love this community we live in and am honored to have a role developing students as they become active, engaged and productive citizens with a heart for service.”

President Robert Henry will continue leading Oklahoma City University until his retirement June 30.

“I am pleased to be handing the reins to Martha Burger,” Henry said. “She has been an active trustee and a strong advocate for OCU for many years. I look forward to a smooth transition and a bright future for the university.”

 

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