2021 Dr. Kayse Shrum becomes 19th president of Oklahoma State University

Dr. Kayse Shrum, a 1998 graduate of Oklahoma State University’s Center for Health Sciences, succeeded Burn Hargis on July 1.

Shrum, a Coweta native, had been president of OSU-CHS since 2013. In that time, she was also dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine in Tulsa. She is the youngest and first woman to be a president and a dean of a medical school in Oklahoma.

She helped secure a landmark investment from Purdue Pharma in 2019 to fund the National Center for Wellness and Recovery for addiction treatment and research. She also helped establish the nation’s first tribally affiliated medical school – the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Cherokee Nation – in Tahlequah.

Shrum’s first act as president was introducing new Athletic Director Chad Weiberg.

Shrum and her husband, Darren, have six children.

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