Talley retires from USAO Media

USAO President John Feaver (left) celebrates outgoing Director of Media and Community Relations Randy Talley (right) for his 27 years of service to the university. Talley retired this week.

Talley retires from USAO Media



One of the most enthusiastic voices for USAO’s unique mission is retiring this month after 27 years in the business of telling the university’s story.

Randy Talley will step down as director of media and community relations on April 30. He has led the school’s public relations efforts and assisted in building a media department that serves all campus constituencies.


“What an incredible tenure I have enjoyed here,” Talley said. “This institution has been a marvelous place to grow professionally, hone skills, build friendships and learn new technologies. USAO has a terrific staff of energetic and creative people, a faculty truly dedicated to student success, and leadership focused on the mission.”


For 30 years, Talley has worked in news and public affairs, first in media and then in higher education. After graduating from Oklahoma State University in 1983, he worked as a reporter for The Tulsa World.


Later he joined the staff of Oklahoma Baptist University as news director. During his years at USAO, he served twice as president of the Oklahoma College Public Relations Association (OCPRA). He was named Oklahoma Communicator of the Year in 2006 by a joint conference of the State Communicators Council and OCPRA. For 18 years, he has chaired the annual OCPRA awards competition.


Currently he chairs the local Salvation Army Advisory Board. He has served on the board of the Higher Education Hall of Fame and remains an active volunteer. He was named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International for local volunteerism in 1998. He has served on the statewide GEAR UP Advisory Board since 2006. He is a graduate of Leadership Chickasha, 2006.


With the team in media and community relations, he has won more than 25 awards in writing, media design and photography.


Talley and his wife Kathie have four children.  They are active in their church, local charities and youth development initiatives.