Welcome to the OU Corporate Engagement Office blog! Whether you are a partner who is about to make a future visit to OU, a current OU employee, a community leader, or you simply work in corporate relations at a different university–we promise to deliver content that is relevant to you. This space will help you gather insight into what we do on a day-to-day basis, our culture, and techniques we consistently utilize to manage our relationships.
We take pride in leading strategic corporate partnerships, as it gives us a chance to highlight the level of excellence that exists at OU. Some of the most recent comments from visits include:
“I am so excited to be working with OU; you guys are an open, accessible institution that works to be helpful and provide value. I have been working with universities for a long time, and have never had access to a dean.” – Fortune 50 Company
“The only problem I see with OU is that I feel SO spoiled, and am going to be thinking of you guys every time I visit another university. I know I am going to be working with you guys a lot!” – Fortune 50 Company
We wanted to take a quick second to introduce what our office does and who the main players are. Like most 21st Century offices, we “wear a lot of hats.” But we like to think we do these four things really well:
- Managing and maintaining University Economic Development relationships
- Strategically managing select corporate relations on behalf of OU
- Enabling the University to enhance corporate relations
- University Research Campus tenant relations, expanding existing corporate partnerships, and developing relationships with new companies as they seek to engage with the campus
Let’s introduce you to the starting squad:
Cameron is our fearless leader. As Executive Director, he is responsible for developing and executing an integrated strategic plan for the University Research Campus (URC); supporting, coordinating, and integrating Research Enterprise activities with industry; simplifying external access to OU resources to maximize the impact of OU capabilities; expanding the engagement pipeline (current and new relationships) via targeted solutions; and growing external relationships with Oklahoma economic development organizations.
In summary, he does a lot, and his industry knowledge and connectivity is second-to-none. He is active on numerous industry organization, non-profit, and university related Boards of Advisors including the Association of University Research Parks (AURP), Network of Academic Corporate Relations Officers (NACRO), Washington State University Alumni Association (WSUAA), and the Kiss Institute for Practical Robotics (KIPR). He also serves on the higher education committee for the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), and the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity ( CICEP), and has served as the Associate Vice President for Strategic Communications for the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM). From time-to-time, we’ll will try to steal some of his free time (this period usually exists between 2-4am) to write content that talks broadly to corporate relations strategy.
Born with superhuman, people-person powers, MacKenzie Britt (aka “Tall Happy Man”) serves as the Director of Research Campus Corporate Engagement at OU. CEO uses his knowledge of strategic relationship management with the privately-owned partner tenants that have space on the OU Research Campus. He focuses on the needs of our existing corporate partners as well as the overall growth and development of the University Research Campus.
He also has a quite lengthy resume and has served in a variety of executive and leadership roles in the last 15 years, most recently as Vice President of Operations for JK Blackstone Construction in Boston, MA. Mac is also civically minded, currently serving as a board member for The Center for Children and Families, Inc. and as the faculty advisor for the non-profit consulting group at OU, The Oklahoma Group. A graduate of the Leadership Norman class of 2012, he also served for four years as the personnel officer and finance officer for the Civil Air Patrol – USAF Auxiliary Mass Air Wing.
Tasked with a unique and forward thinking position, Sam Kahoe is a tremendous asset for the university and helps drive industry-specific corporate engagement. As Associate Director of Information Technology Corporate Engagement, Sam engages Information Technology related corporations through research, knowledge transfer, and economic development activities. She creates comprehensive strategic IT partnerships that deliver enterprise wide value for the University.
Samantha is very active in the Norman community and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Norman NEXT and the Norman Rotary Club. Additionally, Samantha is a member of the Norman Chamber of Commerce and recently served on the Chamber’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors.
Self proclaimed shelf ball champion of the office, Justin Devero is Web Producer for CEO. He builds online solutions for the greater university research and technology enterprise such as the University Research Campus. Justin works closely with all Economic Development offices in maintaining and building brand across the web. He also administrates the business and customer relations management system for CEO. He constantly finds ways the office can benefit through the vast wealth of solutions from the internet. If creativity’s involved he’s thrown into the mix.
After that, we have our awesome interns. We are fortunate enough to get to work with some of the best and brightest students the University has to offer. We are proud to say that the work they do is often the most critical part.
Major: Management, Marketing
A friend to all she meets, Andrea “Andi” Atkin, works with the Director of Tenant Relations to ensure the smooth functionality of the University Research Campus (URC). This includes coordinating community outreach, heading up CEO’s and the URC’s social media presences (follow us at @OUURC and at @EngageOU), and developing website content.
Major: History, Business Management
Business Analyst Intern
Ryan “Greeny” Greenberg, who loves to listen to 80’s college experimental rock, creates business analytics intersections that highlight potential engagement areas between the university and its corporate partners. He also aids with database management. Currently, Ryan is working on business analyses for a few technology companies and exploring potential strategies to create a relationship with the university.
Major: Economics, International Area Studies
Business Analyst Intern
Our songbird of the office and a OU Redliners rockstar, Melanie Maguire, creates business analytics intersections that highlight potential engagement areas between the university and its corporate partners. She also helps plan research campus events and coordinates all corporate visits to the university.
Major: Computer Engineering
Web Developer Intern
Able to code programs in his sleep, Matt Weir is the office code ninja. Matt develops and improves online solutions utilizing multiple web languages and database technologies for the research and technology enterprise. He also helps consult on future web and digital initiatives for the University Research Campus and the Corporate Engagement Office.
Keep your eyes open for a stream of new corporate engagement posts …