Wren Hawthorne has been named the new Vice President of Enrollment Management and Marketing at Oklahoma State University – Okmulgee. Mary Lou Bledsoe is the new Director of Student Financial Services, and Steven Rubert is in a new position as Director of Special Events and Services.
Hawthorne will lead the recruitment and retention activities at OSU-Okmulgee. He came from Eduventures, a member-based research and consulting consortium designed to help colleges and universities identify best management practices. At Eduventures he led the enrollment management research team, addressing issues in branding and marketing, financial aid literacy, and student retention. He earned a degree in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a B.S. from Oklahoma State University, where he also served as the student body president, a Truman Fellow, and a Brookings Institute Summer Graduate Fellow.
Bledsoe will be managing awards to students of federal, state and institutional financial aid, in addition to privately-funded scholarships. She has had previous experience as financial aid director for Texas State Technical College West Texas, where she oversaw four campuses. She has expertise in assisting students with removing financial barriers to obtaining a college education and leading customer-focused financial aid service departments. Bledsoe has also served as a program director for a state agency providing early childhood intervention services, and was coordinator for an annual women’s conference funded by a Carl Perkins grant, which introduced women to non-traditional career fields and helped them develop the confidence to pursue a college education. Bledsoe earned a B.S. in Human Resources and Family Sciences from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Rubert will work in Enrollment Management where he will organize and facilitate student recruitment initiatives. Rubert previously held the position of Activities Coordinator and was in charge of student events and student leadership development programs. He is a Leadership Tulsa Class 33 member and earned an A.A. in Journalism from Carl Albert State College and a B.S. in Public Relations and Advertising from East Central University.