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President Search Finalists

Martha Burger, MBAThom Chesney, Ph.D.Myron Pope, Ed.D.

Martha A. Burger, MBA

Martha Burger, MBA

Martha A. Burger is a former executive in the energy industry. Most recently she served as Senior Vice President – Human and Corporate Resources at Chesapeake Energy Corporation.  While there she provided leadership for human resources, administrative services, facilities, communications, security and ethics and the company’s fitness center. She also served the company as Treasurer and Corporate Secretary. 

During her tenure at Chesapeake, the company grew from less than 100 employees to over 13,000 and was recognized by FORTUNE Magazine as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For® in the U.S. from 2008 until 2013. She was instrumental in creating and sustaining the company’s vibrant, unique and nationally recognized culture.

Ms. Burger is extremely active in civic and professional organizations as well as statewide initiatives. She has a long history with Oklahoma City University having received her MBA from OCU in 1992, been recognized in the Oklahoma Commerce and Industry Hall of Honor by the Meinders School of Business in 2011, received an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters in 2012 and is currently serving as a trustee and chair of the Audit and Finance Committee.  

Ms. Burger is a co-founder of Amethyst Investments LLC and is a member of the Board of Directors of Tapstone Energy. She resides in Oklahoma City.

Campus Visit is March 19thView Résumé

Thom Chesney, Ph.D.

Thom Chesney, Ph.D

Dr. Thom D. Chesney has led Brookhaven College as President since 2011, helping to provide transformative educational programs, learning opportunities, and lifetime experiences to its students. His extensive experience in leadership at higher education institutions includes positions as Associate Provost for Student Success and Assessment for The University of Texas (UT) at Dallas; Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost of Collin College; and additional administrative and faculty roles at UT Dallas, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Texas Wesleyan University, and Whitman College.

Thom is a committed community leader and volunteer, serving locally on the board of the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce and Metrocrest Services advisory committee, and nationally on the American Council on Education (ACE) Spectrum Aspiring Leaders Program and on the American Association of Community College’s (AACC) Commission on Economic and Workforce Development. He also serves as chair of the leadership programs advisory committee for the McKinney Chamber of Commerce and has been named to Collin County's 21 Leaders for the 21st Century. Over the years, he has offered his voice, writing, and acting talents to Minnesota and Florida Public radio and television stations, community theatre, and a variety of other print and broadcast media. He was named the 2014 Citizen of the Year by the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce. 

Chesney earned a Doctor of Philosophy in English Literature from Florida State University, a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from Minnesota State University—Mankato, and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with a minor in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis. A Washington University Bear some 30 years ago and a Brookhaven College Bear today, Thom has always been a passionate participant in and fan of intercollegiate athletics, as well.

Campus Visit is March 21stView Résumé

Myron L. Pope, Ed.D.

Myron L. Pope, Ed.D

Dr. Myron L. Pope has over 25 years of work experience serving as a higher education administrator, supervisor, and educator. He attended the University of Alabama where he received a bachelor’s degree in History/English and a master’s and doctorate in higher education administration. He has served as the Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Central Oklahoma for the past 5 years. In this role, he has focused on enrollment and retention strategies, student support and advocacy, the promotion of students’ involvement, diversity and inclusion programming, and the creation of co-curricular learning experiences.  He also has been instrumental as a fund/friend raiser in participation with a major university capital campaign, led fundraising efforts for annual student scholarships and student programming resources, and he has served as the principal investigator on several grants to create pipelines for students to attend college and ensure their success once admitted.

As an academician, his research has focused on higher education related issues, including student success, faculty governance, institutional trust, and resilience in students from underserved backgrounds. He also is involved with a number of initiatives targeted at increasing college admission, retention and graduation, particularly for youth in underserved/low-performing high schools in the Oklahoma City Metro. He has published in scholarly journals and books on these topics.  He has consulted, trained, and lectured throughout the United States and abroad on a variety of topics including higher education administration, leadership development, diversity initiatives in the workplace and society, board governance, team building, strategic planning, and college student success. He also co-chaired UCO’s HLC reaffirmation team visit in 2012 and served on the leadership team for its HLC assurance review in 2017.

He is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma (Class XXVI) and Salt and Light Leadership Training, Inc. (SALLT Class 8).  He currently serves on the boards of the Urban League, the Edmond YMCA, the Oklahoma Blood Institute, the Institute for Evidence Based Change, It’s My Community, Inc., and the advisory board for the Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools.  He has been appointed by the governor on multiple occasions to serve on the Oklahoma Department of Human Services’ Commission and the Administrative Citizens’ Advisory Panel (served as the chair), and most recently, the Oklahoma Teachers’ Retirement System Board of Trustees. He has been active on the regional and national levels of several higher education professional associations, as well as serving as a consultant/evaluator with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

He has been very active in the community in the past as a member of the Edmond Chamber of Commerce Board, coordinator of Leadership Edmond, a volunteer sports coach with the YMCA, a volunteer with the Watch D.O.G.S. program at his children's school, and as a board member for the Edmond Public Schools Foundation and the HOPE Center of Edmond.  He also served as the Edmond Chamber of Commerce board chair in 2011.  He is originally from Sweet Water, AL, but he resides in Edmond with his wife, Shanna, and their three children, Michael (16), Allison (14), and Isaiah (7).

Campus Visit is March 20thView Résumé

Campus Visit Agenda

8:30–9:30amGeneral Session
9:45–10:45amStaff Meeting
11:00am–12:00pmDeans Meeting
12:15–1:15pmStudent Meeting & Lunch
3:00–4:00pmCabinet Meeting
4:15–5:15pmFaculty Meeting