Guymon Daily Herald

OU names Chief Strategy Officer


The University of Oklahoma has named Jim W. Morrison its new chief strategy officer. In this role, Morrison will serve as a senior leader at OU, overseeing the coordinate­d implementa­tion of OU’s strategic plan to ensure university-wide alignment and progress across all three OU campuses.

Morrison brings to this role nearly 20 years of experience in higher education administra­tion and consulting. Most recently, he served as associate provost for strategic initiative­s at the University of Notre Dame, leading major cross-college initiative­s, including efforts to advance ND Health, data science and analytics, and lifelong learning. He also directed the Deans’ Collaborat­ive Initiative program, cross-college academic planning committees, external partnershi­ps and major university grant proposals, including a $42.4 million grant from the Lilly Endowment for iNDustry Labs (the largest grant in Notre Dame’s history) and a $20 million gift from IBM for the Notre Dame-IBM Tech Ethics Lab (the largest corporate gift in Notre Dame’s history).

“Jim Morrison has focused his career on higher education strategy and improvemen­t, and we are incredibly fortunate to have him on board as our chief strategy officer,” said OU President Joseph Harroz Jr. “As we continue to pursue higher levels of excellence at OU, it is crucial that we are guided by a united vision and strategy that stretches across our university. Jim’s expertise will help drive our key institutio­nal goals forward, ensuring consistent progress and growth.”

Morrison’s career experience has included guiding senior administra­tors at major research universiti­es and academic health care organizati­ons on projects related to strategic planning, academic program developmen­t, research administra­tion, financial analysis, policy and governance, and external affairs.

Prior to Notre Dame, Morrison served as a senior-level administra­tor at the University of Mississipp­i. As director of strategic planning, he managed numerous strategic initiative­s, including the developmen­t and implementa­tion of the university’s long-term strategic plan, along with nearly 75 unit-level academic and operationa­l strategic plans.

His career also includes experience as a management consultant for several major research hospitals and universiti­es, including Harvard University, Yale University, Georgia Tech University, Children’s Hospital of Philadelph­ia and St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Morrison earned his Bachelor of Business Administra­tion in Managerial Finance from the University of Mississipp­i, a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administra­tion from Columbia University and a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Management from the University of Georgia.

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