OSU Institute of Technology
Workforce & Economic Development
1801 East 4th Street
Okmulgee, OK 74447
Charles Harrison has been a Poke since the beginning, graduating from OSU with a Bachelor
of Science in Electrical Engineering. He received his master's degree in Engineering
Administration from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
Harrison has 30 plus years of experience in industry. Before joining the OSUIT team, his appointments ranged from general manager to vice president of engineering with Rockwell International and Southern New England Telephone, to president and CEO of SpecTran Corporation.
Harrison first joined the OSUIT team in 2016 as the director of OSUIT's Pryor campus. In 2018, with the untimely passing of Dr. Sheryl Hale, he accepted the position of associate vice president in Workforce & Economic Development.
During this time, he has implemented the successful closure of the OSUIT Pryor campus with all 23 students who were enrolled, graduating. Since accepting the WFED role, he has successfully negotiated a host agreement with OSU to offer numbered OSHA courses, and, as a member of the academic council, has developed a business model to support the interdepartmental cohesiveness between Workforce & Economic Development and the 10 schools at OSUIT.