Oklahoma City University News
Oklahoma City University Welcomes Chief of Staff Craig Knutson
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma
City University President Robert Henry has selected Craig Knutson to serve as
OCU’s first chief of staff.
Henry said “Craig’s sterling blend of experience and management skills are
exactly what I was hopeful to find for the position of chief of staff. He
brings to the table 35 years of experience, a tremendous work ethic and a down
to earth, human approach, all of which will serve this administration, and
ultimately the students of Oklahoma City University very well.”
primary role is to serve as a strategic advisor to the president, provost and
members of the cabinet and directly oversee the office of the president and
non-academic divisions. He is responsible for providing strategic leadership in
the area of community and external relations.
am pleased to join the Oklahoma City University family,” said Knutson. “One of
the hallmarks of a great city is a great university. OCU has been that for
Oklahoma City for more than a century. My role within the university is very
much operational: to see to it that President Henry is able to work at the top
of his license; to optimize our operational efficiency; and to serve as a
conduit between the president and our constituencies.“
2005, Knutson served as the chief of staff for the Oklahoma Insurance
Department. During his tenure he was
responsible for the $11 million agency budget, development and implementation
of internal operational programs and processes, and agency-wide strategic
planning. He was also responsible for
the development, implementation and execution of several external, statewide
public policy initiatives involving health insurance.
to his position with the Oklahoma Insurance Department, Mr. Knutson served as
vice president of research and convening for the United Way of Central
Oklahoma, chief executive of the Central Oklahoma Workforce Investment Board,
chief economist for Southwestern Bell in Oklahoma City, and senior economic
planner for the City of Oklahoma City.
holds a master’s degree in regional and city planning and a bachelor’s degree
in political science from the University of Oklahoma. He and his wife, Julie, reside in Norman.