Governor Kevin Stitt announced the appointment of Kevin Corbett as the next agency director for the Oklahoma Health Care Authority.
Corbett previously served as the Interim Chief Financial Officer at Lagoon Water Solutions. Prior to this, Corbett served as a senior partner and Risk Advisory practice leader with Ernst & Young, retiring in 2017 with over 38 years of service. During his career, Corbett advised some of the largest companies in the U.S. and abroad, gaining extensive experience in a wide array of corporate matters, including public offerings, merger and acquisitions, debt restructurings, bankruptcy proceedings, risk management and transformational change.
But it is also pointed out that Corbett has no experience in the health care field.
“Kevin Corbett’s financial expertise and strong organizational leadership will serve the Health Care Authority and the State of Oklahoma well,” said Gov. Stitt. “Corbett will bring his wealth of experience in accounting and consulting to ensure OHCA’s $6 billion budget is being delivered on target and to effectively partner with other state agencies to improve care for the most vulnerable in our state. I look forward to working with Corbett in order to achieve Top Ten outcomes in Oklahoma.”
Corbett will begin leading OHCA on August 15, and his appointment will require Senate confirmation in the 2020 legislative session.
Corbett is a graduate of Oklahoma State University (BS in Accounting) and the executive management program at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Corbett has served on the board of several civic organizations in Oklahoma and Texas, including Sunbeam Family Services, Junior Achievement, United Way, and Oklahoma State University Foundation Board of Governors. Corbett is a CPA licensed in Oklahoma and Texas and a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors.
“Kevin Corbett brings to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority a distinguished record of leading people to drive effective outcomes. His proven ability to focus and lead high-performing teams will be a powerful tool in helping us achieve Top Ten outcomes for the health of all Oklahomans – particularly the most vulnerable among us. I deeply appreciate Kevin’s willingness to bring his seasoned experience to bear in service to his home State.” – Jerome Loughridge, Secretary of Health and Mental Health.
“It’s exciting to have Kevin Corbett join the leadership at the Oklahoma Health Care Authority. Kevin brings a wealth of business experience and acumen to this position. His results-driven leadership and ability to build teams will transform the OHCA into a high performing agency that is committed to advancing the health status of Oklahoma’s most vulnerable populations and to making Oklahoma a Top Ten State in health.” – Dr. Kayse Shrum, Secretary of Science and Innovation .
“I have had the privilege to know and work with Kevin Corbett for many years. His leadership skills, business acumen and knowledge of best practices will be of great benefit to the OHCA. I have full confidence he will serve the people of Oklahoma well.”– Mike Sanner, Former Oklahoma City Managing Partner at Ernst & Young.
“Governor Stitt has made an excellent choice in Kevin Corbett. As a consultant to my company, Kevin was an effective manager and skilled accountant who helped us drive stronger outcomes with our resources. He will bring accountability and precision to the Health Care Authority’s multi-billion-dollar budget and ensure taxpayer dollars are achieving the goals of the state. I cannot think of anyone better to manage this important state agency.” – David Williams, Former Chairman and CEO of Noble Corporation
The OHCA administers two health programs for the state: Soonercare, Oklahoma’s Medicaid program that works to improve the health of qualified Oklahomans by ensuring that medically necessary benefits and services are available, and Insure Oklahoma, which assists qualifying adults and small business employees in obtaining health care coverage for themselves and their families.