Oklahoma State University named Brad Williams as president of Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City (OSU-OKC), effective January 1. The appointment followed a national search and requires approval of the OSU/A&M Board of Regents.
Williams is currently vice president of student services at OSU-OKC, a position he has held since 2012. He replaces Natalie Shirley, who became OSU-OKC’s fourth president in 2011.
Williams has improved student recruitment, retention and completion. He coordinated the first Paint This Town Orange fundraising event to raise funds for student scholarships.
Prior to OSU-OKC, Williams was the deputy director of Strategic Planning & Initiatives at the Oklahoma Department of Commerce for six years. He also directed development at the Price Tower Arts Center in Bartlesville and at The University of Central Oklahoma Foundation.
Williams earned his bachelor’s degree in communication, marketing and music at East Central University, a master’s degree in Human Resource Administration at East Central University, and a Ph.D. in educational leadership and higher education from Oklahoma State University.