Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City

OSU-Oklahoma City President Natalie Shirley

Natalie Shirley became OSU-Oklahoma City’s president in May 2011, the first female president in the OSU system.


From 2007-2011, Shirley served in Governor Brad Henry’s Cabinet as Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce and Tourism. In this position, she was the liaison between the governor, five major state agencies and more than 30 small agencies, authorities and institutions. In addition during this time, Shirley also served as the Executive Director of the Department of Commerce, the state’s leading economic development agency.


Prior to that, she was president of ICI Mutual in Washington, D.C., after serving in various leadership offices in the company. ICI Mutual is the captive insurance company of the mutual fund industry.


In addition to her current role as OSU-OKC President, Shirley serves on several philanthropic boards including SSM Health Care of Oklahoma, and Girls Scouts; and several business boards including the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, BancFirst and Oklahoma State Fair Board.


As an Oklahoma native, she graduated from Oklahoma State University and earned a law degree from the University of Oklahoma. Shirley and her husband, Russ Harrison, live in Oklahoma City, have six children and are members of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.


Natalie Shirley