Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City

Brad Williams

President Brad Williams became OSU-OKC’s fifth president in January 2018. Williams joined OSU-OKC in 2011 as Vice President of Student Services. In that role, he worked closely with his team to transform the processes, services and culture surrounding OSU-OKC’s student experience. Driven by innovation, a strong commitment to students, and respect for their individual stories and talents, Williams inspired a student-centered philosophy for the campus which contributed to graduation rates more than doubling and the first-time student retention rate to rise by 10 percentage points.


A champion of students in the foster care system, single parents, veterans and first-generation students, Williams developed initiatives at OSU-OKC to secure grant funding for mentoring programs, supplemental instruction, single-parent support programs, emergency childcare, and hardship loans for veterans. He also led efforts to increase outreach and services to Hispanic/Latino students, many of whom are first generation to college.


Prior to OSU-OKC, Williams served as the Deputy Director of Strategic Planning & Initiatives at the Oklahoma Department of Commerce for six years. He also directed development at the Price Tower Arts Center in Bartlesville, OK and at the University of Central Oklahoma Foundation. Williams worked as an ombudsman for the Chickasaw Nation Office of Community Advocacy and in the Division of Housing. Williams is a member of the Choctaw Nation.


President Williams is active in a variety of professional and charitable organizations, currently serving as a board member for Oklahoma City’s Chance to Change Foundation. He is a founding member of the R is for Thursday (R4T) network, a statewide collaboration of higher education professionals, community members and organizations, and foster alumni college students and graduates working toward a better understanding of former foster youth attending Oklahoma colleges and universities.


A native Oklahoman from Maysville, Williams earned his doctorate in education leadership and higher education from Oklahoma State University. He received a bachelor’s degree in communication, marketing and music and a master’s degree in human resource administration from East Central University in Ada.


President Williams resides in Edmond with his wife and two daughters.


Brad Williams