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Meet our new Board Chair, Dr. Jason F. Kirksey

July 2, 2021

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Jason F. Kirksey on his new role as Chair of the KIPP Tulsa Public Charter Schools (KIPP Tulsa) Board of Directors. We are thrilled that Dr. Kirksey, who has served on the Board in a variety of roles for 4 years, will take the helm as KIPP Tulsa’s first African-American Board Chair. 

When asked about his vision for the Board and KIPP Tulsa, Dr. Kirksey stated, “It is an exciting time for KIPP Tulsa! The KIPP team continues to successfully educate scholars. As board chair, my goals are to ensure that we support the KIPP Tulsa team and, more importantly, actively engage with scholars and families in innovative and inspiring ways.”

Dr. Jason F. Kirksey is Vice President for Institutional Diversity and the Chief Diversity Officer at Oklahoma State University (OSU) and holds the rank of Associate Professor in the OSU Department of Political Science. Dr. Kirksey has more than 25 years of experience teaching, researching, and championing efforts to promote diversity and inclusion. 

Dr. Kirksey was the recipient of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) 2017 Dr. Frank W. Hale, Jr. Distinguished Service Award. In November 2018, Dr. Kirksey received the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) Commission on Access, Diversity and Excellence (CADE) Distinguished Service Award for creating partnerships, broadening access and opportunity in higher education, and contributing to the achievement of diversity at all levels of the academic community. In 2018, Dr. Kirksey was elected to serve a three-year term on the NADOHE Board of Directors. Within the NADOHE Board, he chairs the Awards Committee. He was recently re-elected to a second three-year term. He also served as President of the Big XII Chief Diversity Officers Consortium from 2013-2017. Additionally, for over a decade, he has served as a panelist for the Ford Foundation Postdoctoral, Dissertation, and Predoctoral Fellowship Programs Review through The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The past several years, Dr. Kirksey has chaired the Ford Fellowship Program Review panel on Interdisciplinary Studies.

In 2014, Dr. Kirksey embarked on an unprecedented capital campaign at OSU to engage OSU alumni of color to donate for private program support and resources, including nearly 50 scholarships, focused on diversity and inclusion. The campaign concluded with a total of $6.4M dollars raised, nearly four times the goal of $1.65M.

Dr. Kirksey serves on several boards and councils, including the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice (OCCJ), the KIPP Tulsa Board of Directors (Chair), and the USA Taekwondo Board of Directors. Most recently, Dr. Kirksey was selected to serve a three-year term on the Board of Trustees of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence. Previously, Dr. Kirksey served as the Director of the OSU Center for Africana Studies (2007-2011), President of the Oklahoma Political Science Association (2002), and also held the Hannah D. Atkins Endowed Chair for Political Science and Government Information in the OSU Department of Political Science (1995-2010).

Dr. Kirksey holds a BA in both Political Science and Economics (1989) and an MA in Political Science (1991) from OSU. He earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of New Orleans in 1997. He is also a 2014 graduate of Class XXVII of Leadership Oklahoma. He and his wife Kim, also an OSU alum, have two children, Kaitlyn a 2020 OSU graduate and Garrett, a junior at OSU.

Again, please join us in thanking Dr. Kirksey for his leadership on behalf of KIPP scholars and the Tulsa community.

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