Rob McInturf has been named the 15th president of the Oklahoma State University Alumni Association.
McInturf has an extensive background in alumni relations and university advancement. For the past six years, he served as executive director for alumni relations at the University of North Texas. Prior to UNT, he spent 11 years leading the alumni organizations at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and the University of West Alabama.
“It was important to the search committee, who was comprised of board members and campus partners, to find a candidate who could build relationships with our alumni, students, staff and campus partners,” said Tony LoPresto, board chair. “With Rob’s background, he understands the OSU Alumni Association, OSU Foundation, OSU Athletics and the university have to work together strategically for the common good and advancement of Oklahoma State.”
McInturf’s hiring follows a nationwide search conducted by James Farris Associates of Oklahoma City. He will replace Blaire Atkinson, who has led the organization since 2018 and in December was named the next president of the OSU Foundation.
“The entire board of directors is excited for Rob to continue the momentum created by our leadership and staff at the Alumni Association,” LoPresto said. “Those who know Rob describe him as engaging, collaborative, patient, gracious, humble, articulate and a wonderful family man – all of which are kindred to the Cowboy Code.”
“With his impressive record of leadership and success in alumni relations, we believe Rob is the right person to guide the OSU Alumni Association,” said OSU President Burns Hargis. “He and his family will fit perfectly into the Cowboy family. We welcome them to Oklahoma State.”
Originally from Elkhart, Indiana, McInturf earned a bachelor’s degree in history and education from the University of West Alabama where he played collegiate baseball and a master’s degree in advertising and public relations from the University of Alabama.
“I have always looked at OSU as a destination, and I have yet to meet an OSU graduate who didn’t love this university,” McInturf said. “I am thrilled, humbled and honored to be chosen to lead this organization, and I can’t wait to get to work with the staff.”
Joining McInturf in Stillwater will be his wife, Emily, and their two-year-old daughter, Cora. His first official day with the organization will be April 30.
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