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Chuck Flint

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Transfer and Military Admissions and Affairs

Lacy Admissions and Visitor Center, Room 101
At OKCU since November 2011

What did you do before working at OKCU?

Chuck spent 20 years in the Army, retiring as a captain. He served in the First Gulf War, and he and his family were often stationed in either Germany or Fort Sill.

After retiring from the Army, Chuck worked as a government contractor in Kuwait for eight years. Besides opening opportunities for travel, the location broadened the family’s horizons in other ways. When Chuck’s younger daughter, Carissa, participated in Model U.N., she got to go to The Hague, for instance.

Chuck and his wife of 36 years, Linda, eventually moved to Mustang to live near their older daughter, Brittny, who had returned from Kuwait with her husband earlier. Carissa, an OCU graduate, “has blessed us with our two granddaughters.”

What do you do in your job?

Chuck’s job initially dealt solely with veterans but has expanded. He now also heads up transfer admissions, managing two counselors. He handles all RN-to-Bachelor of Science in Nursing students and Duncan nursing students. He’s the admissions liaison for the nursing school.

The transfer team regularly visits community colleges, mostly in Oklahoma. They talk with prospective students about admissions and degree plans. They also work with academic departments to recruit students.

On the veteran side, Chuck recruits at military bases and events, and he develops relationships with ROTC programs, besides working with individual veterans.

At OKCU, veterans work with a small team to secure their seats in classes: Chuck in admissions; Heidi De Puy, associate registrar and the technical expert on VA programs and benefits; and Chris Day, assistant director of financial aid, who coordinates the Yellow Ribbon Program, which provides additional VA benefits to pay for college.

Prospective students receive personal attention at OKCU, Chuck said. They might walk into admissions without an appointment and get to talk with Chuck and meet with an adviser or professor right away. Chuck literally walks prospective students around campus to meet with the people they need to create their college plan.

OKCU’s small class sizes attract many veterans, who may have gotten lost at larger universities, he said. Chuck enjoys seeing them find success at OKCU. He helps veterans with low GPAs from years ago navigate admissions; one such student went on to not only get a bachelor’s but also a doctoral degree in nursing. “I like helping those people get back on track.”

Will you explain undergraduate admissions?

Michelle Cook is the senior director, and the department is split into freshman and transfer admissions; staff members recruit students and shepherd them through financial aid and academic advising as needed. The department is housed within the Enrollment Management and University Communications division.

When Chuck recruits students, he tells them the “OKCU story,” he said.

“The quality of education is still the No. 1 thing they come here for. Rankings help solidify the story we’re trying to tell,” he said. Also, “I do like to give them a broad picture” of the university. He tells them about fielding calls from Navy ships, recruiting students nationwide for nursing, and seeing students come from all over the country for performing arts auditions. He tells them that faculty know students by name, and they bring real-world connections that can help students get good jobs.

Any parting thoughts about why you like your job?

Chuck likes the variety of work—all types of students who visit or call—and he enjoys the fairly predictable schedule and Fridays off in the summer.