OCU President Burger announces retirement


After two years as President of Oklahoma City University, former longtime energy leader Martha Burger plans to retire.

She announced this week that her final day in office will be June 30, 2021.

“I have enjoyed the opportunity to serve this great university and I am looking forward to a meaningful and productive year ahead while we navigate a new way of delivering the unique OCU education during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said the 67-year old Burger in an emailed announcement.

Prior to being named President of OCU in 2018, Burger spent a career in the energy industry. For 20 years, she worked at Chesapeake Energy and was the company’s senior vice president of human and corporate resources. She also had earned a master’s degree in business administration in 1992 from OCU and an honorary doctorate of humane letters in 2012.

Burger won’t exit OCU totally. She plans to be a volunteer fundraiser for the university, stating in her announcement, “I believe we have positioned our institution for successful advancement, and I am excited to further direct my talents toward that effort in retirement.”

The university plans to form a presidential search committee this month to find Burger’s replacement.