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June 22, 2013

Kreidler plans move to Denver

EDMOND — After 12 years of service, University of Central Oklahoma Executive Vice President Steve Kreidler is leaving the university to accept a similar position at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

In a message to the UCO campus announcing his resignation, Kreidler said, “I cannot say in a few sentences what is in my heart. I love you all, and this special place, more than you can know. This decision has been excruciatingly difficult for me. While I will be joining another dynamic team and outstanding president, none can replace the faculty and staff at Central in my life.”

Kreidler joined Central in 2001 as vice president of administration and finance and took on his current role in 2005. Prior to that, he worked in economic development for Edmond.

MSU Denver President Stephen Jordan announced Kreidler’s move to his campus Thursday. Kreidler was named as vice president of administration, finance and facilities for the Denver campus. His hiring is subject to approval by the MSU Denver Board of Trustees, according to the university’s press release.

Kreidler’s starting salary at MSU will be $200,000 and he will serve as the chief financial officer and oversee the departments of budget, finance, facilities and human resources, MSU’s release states.

In making the announcement Jordan said, “Kreidler has been walking the walk on student-centered service for the last decade. He will bring a wealth of experience to Denver and Colorado, and further MSU Denver through his unique blend of economic development and higher education policy.”

Kreidler said he looks forward to this new career opportunity.

“Holly and I could not be more excited to become a part of the MSU Denver family,” Kreidler said in the MSU release. “I believe deeply in the university’s mission as a place of opportunity and transformation. … I look forward to working with the team to forever change the arc of the lives of our amazing students.”  

While at Central, his creativity and innovation led to numerous successful initiatives, including a more transparent and inclusive budgeting process, the award-winning Lean University to create a more efficient work environment and UCO’s nationally recognized sustainability and campus beautification efforts. He also assisted in founding the Academy of Contemporary Music at UCO, helped gain UCO’s status as a Paralympic and Olympic Training Site, led the team working to bring the State Medical Examiner to Edmond and refinanced the university’s debt.

Kreidler said he is most proud of founding the Leaders of Tomorrow, a servant leadership scholarship program for UCO students.

“The interaction with students through their four years of undergraduate studies has been my most satisfying opportunity. Every action we take in administration is built around enabling UCO students to succeed in life,” he added.

UCO President Don Betz echoed the sentiments of many throughout the campus when reflecting on Kreidler’s tenure at the university.

“I congratulate Steve on this exceptional opportunity, but I admit that the moment is bittersweet. The president and board at Metro in Denver identified in Steve the qualities and accomplishments that have made him such a productive and valued leader and colleague here at UCO.

“Many of the creative accomplishments that residents in Oklahoma associate with UCO sprang from his vision and bear his fingerprints. The process and organizational changes he has championed have altered and improved the way UCO works. Steve has been my valued colleague and partner in looking out from today to the state and world UCO will serve tomorrow,” Betz said.

He added that Kreidler had earned a reputation beyond his exceptional leadership and service at the university as a state leader and has carried UCO into the nucleus of metro and state initiatives that stretch from small towns and neighborhoods to major corporations, nonprofits and the governor’s office.

Kreidler’s community involvement includes serving on the boards for the Oklahoma Academy (current chair), United Way of Central Oklahoma, the Greater Oklahoma City Sports Consortium, YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Cultural Development Corporation and OU Medical Center–Edmond, among others. He is a past president of the Edmond Rotary and past chairman of the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce’s Business Climate Committee.

He holds an MBA in leadership and is in progress on a doctorate in higher education and adult learning.

Kreidler’s last day at Central has yet to be determined. He begins his new position in Denver on Aug. 15.

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