Kirk Jewell joined BRYANT GROUP as Consulting Vice President in October of 2020, after an accomplished career in both non-profit and the corporate arena. He retired as the president of the Oklahoma State University Foundation after serving the organization for 17 years. Prior to his work at the Foundation he had a 20-year career with The Oklahoma Publishing Company in Oklahoma City. While there, Kirk, who is also a Certified Public Accountant, served in senior financial and management positions.
At the OSU Foundation, Kirk served in a leadership role during several transformational University endeavors. The $1.2 billion Branding Success campaign exceeded the goal 15 months ahead of schedule. The grand opening of The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts also brought a national spotlight on the Arts at OSU. During Kirk’s 17 years at the Foundation, the staff grew from 55 to 155. The Foundation raised more than $2.6 billion for OSU with more than $1.6 billion for academics.
Kirk’s passion is organizational culture. He believes when the culture is healthy, the organization can reach extraordinary levels. The mantra he instituted at the Foundation was, “We perform like a team and care like a family.” The OSU Foundation was recognized three times as one of the best places to work, twice by the Nonprofit Times as one of the best nonprofits to work for in the U.S. The Foundation’s Board of Trustees and other donors created an endowment of more than $250,000 at OSU in his honor when he retired.
Over the years, Kirk has served on numerous boards, including Saxon Publishers, the Oklahoma City National Memorial Foundation, Leadership Oklahoma City, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Oklahoma City, the Arts Council of Oklahoma City, and the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Kirk is also a past president of the OSU Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Kirk and his wife have philanthropically supported numerous efforts at OSU, including establishing an endowed scholarship for teachers; Pete’s Pet Posse, a pet therapy program at OSU; the arts; athletics; and student-crisis support funds.