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Robert Spinks, Ed.D.

Robert Spinks, Ed.D.

Robert Spinks, Ed.D.,
Nonprofit Leadership
Criminal Justice


Dr. Robert L. Spinks, a native Oklahoman, was the president and chief executive officer for United Way of Central Oklahoma. Prior to assuming this responsibility in 2001, he served as executive director of the Community Council of Central Oklahoma, the regional research and planning organization for the non-profit community.

Bob attended Oklahoma State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in music education in 1973, and masters (1978) and doctoral (1980) degrees in educational administration. A lifetime worker with youth, he was a public school band and choir director early in his career, and later served as a professional with the Last Frontier Council, Boy Scouts of America for 16 years.

At United Way, he was responsible for leading a staff of 30 and a volunteer force of hundreds in securing the dollars necessary to meet community needs through the work of local member agencies. In addition, the United Way is actively involved in a wide variety of community initiatives to seek permanent solutions to major challenges. During his nine-year tenure at United Way, the organization significantly increased its annual campaign results, raising over $20,000,000 to support the work of 60 partner agencies in the metro area.

Bob serves on the boards of many nonprofit and educational organizations in Central Oklahoma, including: Leadership Oklahoma City, the Youth Leadership Exchange (YLX), Epworth Villa, the OU College of Public Health, the Better Business Bureau, and the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor for Oklahoma Christian University, Oklahoma State University, and Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Bob was honored as a finalist for the Journal Record’s recognition as one of Oklahoma’s Most Admired CEOs, having been nominated by the staff at United Way. Bob announced that 2010 would be his final year at United Way. He joined the faculty at Oklahoma City University in 2011 to become the director of the new Master of Arts program in Applied Sociology emphasizing nonprofit leadership.

Bob has been married to Pam for more than 37 years. They have two grown children, one "granddog," and a house cat who rules their home.

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Contact Information

Room 171
Walker Center
Oklahoma City, OK 73106