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Kayla Hale, PhD

Vice President for Institutional Advancement

As Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Dr. Hale leads a team of 60 professionals in the areas of fundraising, alumni relations, special events, advancement services, and marketing and communications. Dr. Hale has 29 years of direct experience in the field of higher education advancement at progressive levels of responsibility and leadership, and in both public and private settings. As a member of the President’s Small Executive Staff, she serves as an advisor to the President and key members of the university’s Board of Trustees. Dr. Hale serves as a liaison between faculty and non-faculty constituencies at the university and is responsible for creating a strong and team-oriented advancement program based upon creating fundraising strategy and establishing plans, goals and metrics. 

Dr. Hale has been an active participant in two comprehensive fundraising campaigns at The University of Tulsa which, collectively raised more than $800 million for the institution. She and her team are preparing for the next fundraising campaign, A Greater Commitment, which will focus on need-based scholarships, endowed faculty support, and student support initiatives.

She previously held the position of assistant vice president for university development at OU-Tulsa; she also served as director of development and alumni relations at Rogers State University in Claremore, Oklahoma, and director of public relations and publications at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. Hale has been actively involved in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education for 29 years and has served CASE District IV in a number of leadership capacities. She is a regular speaker for CASE at both the national and district level and she has been a faculty member for CASE at ten national conferences.
Dr. Hale holds a bachelor’s degree from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas, and a master’s degree in business management from Friends University. In 2008, she received her Ph.D. degree in organizational leadership from the University of Oklahoma.

Institutional Advancement