USAO Regent Hilary Kitz

Tulsa civic leader Hilary Kitz was named to the board of regents of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma by Gov. Brad Henry in May 2009. Kitz replaces Chickasha resident Patti LaForge Rogstad.

Kitz received a bachelor's degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and a master's degree from Boston University.

She worked as chief of staff to Tulsa Mayor M. Susan Savage -- now Oklahoma's Secretary of State -- for more than eight years. During that time, she worked with the Family Violence Council -- staffing, speaking at national conferences, as well as applying for and receiving three Violence Against Women Act grants.

Ms. Kitz monitored $6 million for the City of Tulsa in local law enforcement block grants, she led a team which relocated and stabilized the city's head start program, and was responsible for keeping 30 authorities, boards and commissions with 300 positions filled. She served as the director of the Gilcrease Museum -- raising more than $1.5 million to support exhibitions, publication of books, new interactive exhibitions and to enhance outreach.

She was the president of the board for the Tulsa Opera Street School and on the executive committees of the Oklahoma Foundation for the Humanities, YWCA, Nimrod, Planned Parenthood, Tulsa Trinity Episcopal Church and Tulsa RiverParks Authority. She has served on the boards of the Tulsa Community Service Council, Women's Foundation of Oklahoma, Tulsa Community Hospital Authority, Oklahoma Department of Health Community Planning Group for HIV/AIDS, Tulsa Community AIDS Partnership and the Oklahoma Arts Institute.

Kitz also enjoys travel. She was a sail maker Canada's west coast and traveled overland from England to India in 1991. She is married to Steven Janus and is the mother of three sons.