OSU Institute of Technology has named Anita Gordy-Watkins, vice president of Institutional Advancement, to the role of executive vice president. The announcement was officially made Tuesday, Aug. 12, during the regular monthly meeting of OSUIT’s Administrative Council.
“With 25 years of service to the institution in a variety of leadership capacities, Anita brings exceptional depth of knowledge and experience to this new role,” said Dr. Bill R. Path, OSUIT president. “She is an innovative thinker and exceptional motivator, and the connections she has made on behalf of OSUIT are unparalleled.”
Gordy-Watkins holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing Education and a master’s degree in Human Resource Development from Oklahoma State University. She is past-chair for the Oklahoma Governor’s International Team and a member of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Economic Development Council.
She has served on the OSU Alumni Leadership Council, was Chair of the American Association of Engineering Education’s Continuing Education Division, and also chaired the Green Country Chapter of the American Society of Training and Development.
Gordy-Watkins will continue oversight of Institutional Advancement, which includes the Office of Institutional Research, Workforce and Economic Development, Global Relations, Grants and Sponsored Programs, the Advanced Training Center at MidAmerica Industrial Park, and the Office of Marketing and Communications.
“I’m honored to have this opportunity to further serve the university I’ve come to love,” Gordy-Watkins said. “There is a growing excitement in the air at OSUIT, and I take great pleasure in building awareness about our programs and services for students that will ultimately translate into the development of a stronger, highly-educated workforce in Oklahoma.”
The move comes as a result of the retirement of Dr. Linda Avant earlier this month. Other offices affected by the reorganization include Computer Information Systems and Campus Police which now report to the vice president of Fiscal Services. The library has moved under Academic Affairs. A national search for the newly created dean of students within Student Services is ongoing. Both the executive vice president and dean of students positions are pending final ratification in September by the Board of Regents for the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges.