NORMAN, OKLA. – Today, pending OU Board of Regents’ approval, the University of Oklahoma announced the appointment of Hollye Hunt as enterprise-wide executive director of governmental affairs, effective immediately. Hunt currently serves as OU Health’s vice president of external affairs where she manages legislative advocacy efforts. In her new combined role, she will lead the university’s and academic health system’s governmental agendas.
“We are fortunate to welcome Hollye to such a pivotal, new role within the university system,” said OU President Joseph Harroz Jr. “Her deep expertise in legislative advocacy and the breadth of experience she brings will undoubtedly advance our work with state and federal partners. Hollye is a trusted advocate within our state, and the university will certainly benefit from her leadership.”
The newly combined role is set to create greater consistencies in legislative relations across the university and health system. Consolidating OU and OU Health’s governmental affairs will allow for heightened collaboration and increased efficiencies. As system-wide head of governmental affairs, Hunt will manage the university’s and health system’s relationships at all levels of government and will coordinate the advancement of the enterprise’s legislative interests.
Prior to joining OU Health in 2018, Hunt served as the vice president of legislative affairs for the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association where she managed the association’s outreach efforts and managed its legislative agenda. She has also previously worked for the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education as the body’s vice chancellor for governmental relations, as well as for Congressman Tom Cole in a legal advising role and then-Lt. Gov. Mary Fallin in a constituent services capacity.
Hunt completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin and earned her juris doctorate from Oklahoma City University. She is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association.