Former Oil Executive to Take Over at Oklahoma City University

Former Chesapeake Energy executive Martha Burger will be taking her managerial expertise to Oklahoma City University in a few months where she will become the school’s first woman president.

Burger will be the school’s 18th president, succeeding Robert Henry when he officially retires on June 30.  But running OCU is nothing new to Burger who has served on the school’s Board of Trustees since 2008 and chairs its audit and finance committee.

Burger earned her MBA in 1992 from OCU and was awarded an honor doctorate of humane letters in 2012.

She was a senior vice president of human and corporate resources at Chesapeake Energy until 2013 when she and three other other company executives were forced out in a company reorganization.

Burger is also a member of the board of directors at Tapstone Energy and serves as president of the state Board of Health.

“I am pleased to be handing the reigns to Martha Burger,” said Robert Henry. “She has been an active trustee and a strong advocate for OCU for many years. I look forward to a smooth transition and a bright future for the university.”

OCU’s Board of Trustees chairman Ron Norick was equally excited about the pick.

“Martha Burger’s accomplishments in her career and her service to the university have prepared her well to serve as OCU’s next president. She is the right person to guide our university forward.”