Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City

Natalie Shirley, OSU-OKC President

Natalie Shirley became OSU-Oklahoma City’s president in May 2011. She is the fourth president in the university's 50-year history.


She is the first female president in the OSU System, which includes OSU-OKC, OSU-Stillwater, OSU-Tulsa, OSU Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa, and OSU-Institute of Technology in Okmulgee.


From 2007-2011, Shirley served in Gov. Brad Henry’s Cabinet as Oklahoma’s Secretary of Commerce and Tourism. In this position, she was the liaison between the governor, five major state agencies and more than 30 smaller 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 Investment Company Institute Mutual (ICI Mutual) Insurance Group 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 Calm Waters Center for Children and Families, the United Way Board of Directors; and several business boards including the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber Board of Directors, the American Automobile Association (AAA).


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


Natalie Shirley