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07/12/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 07/12/2018 12:38

OKCU Announces New Advancement VP

Posted July 12, 2018

Oklahoma City University has named Lynann Sterk-Brooks as the new vice president of university advancement, effective Aug. 6, President Martha Burger announced today.

Burger cited Sterk-Brooks' experience and work ethic as two traits that will help the university flourish.

'Lynann's leadership skills, breadth of experience and community involvement are some of the many assets she is bringing to the university,' Burger said. 'I'm looking forward to working with her to advance our university mission.'

Sterk-Brooks said she is excited for the opportunity to lead the advancement team.

'I am thrilled to be a part of the vibrant and exceptional OCU community,' she said. 'As an Oklahoman and through my experiences in higher education at both large public and small private institutions, I fully recognize OCU is an integral part of Oklahoma City's future and I am honored to serve such an esteemed institution. I am tremendously excited to serve President Burger as she ushers in the next era of leadership and vision for OCU and am committed to furthering the OCU mission to prepare all learners to create, lead and serve. I am grateful for the honor and look forward to engaging with the distinguished faculty, talented staff and committed alumni to propel OCU to its next chapter.'

Sterk-Brooks is currently the director of the Center for Graduate Student Success at the University of Oklahoma's Price College of Business. Among her accomplishments there was being named the first ever director for the Professional MBA program, helping to manage the transformative move and fundraising efforts to expand the Gene Rainbolt Graduate School of Business in Oklahoma City and establishing the Center for Graduate Student Success.

Prior to her work at OU, Sterk-Brooks was the director of institutional advancement for Casady School, associate vice president and executive director of leadership gifts at Austin College in Texas, and a student congress advisor and leadership director at Norman High School. She also taught English and journalism at Cascia Hall Preparatory School in Tulsa.

She earned a bachelor's degree in English secondary education from Oklahoma Baptist University and participated in the NYU Summer Study Program in Prague, Czech Republic. The University Advancement office at OCU is responsible for reaching out to the various constituencies of the university community including alumni, students, trustees, donors and friends of the university. The office manages alumni engagement, planned giving, development and special events.