USAO announces hiring of new Director of Alumni Development

Headshot of new Director of Alumni Development, Misti McClellan

USAO announces hiring of new Director of Alumni Development


The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma is pleased to announce the hiring of its new Director of Alumni Development, Misti McClellan, just in time for the Alumni Association’s 100th birthday celebrations. A 1997 graduate of the university with degrees in theatre and English, McClellan brings a varied skill-set that emphasizes collaborative teamwork and courageous leadership, as well as a deep love of USAO’s unique mission.

“USAO is unequivocally the reason my life is what it is today,” said McClellan. “The university’s interdisciplinary core curriculum gave me the skills to look for connections, understand the intersectionality of issues and get creative in my approach to finding solutions.” 

McClellan received her master of arts degree in 20th century literature from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2013. Since then, she has worked in several capacities for the Girls Scouts of Western Oklahoma, first as a community development executive, then as communications specialist and finally as donor relations executive.

In her most recent position, McClellan was responsible for advancing the fundraising goals of the Girl Scouts, managing United Way partnerships for the organization, coordinating the annual campaign, issuing donor acknowledgments, and serving as staff liaison for multiple capital campaign committees. Her work with the Girl Scouts has also given her a great deal of experience developing communications strategies and managing community partnerships.

“My main goal at USAO is to foster connections,” said McClellan. “I want to see connections between alumni from every era, between alumni and current students, between alumni and faculty and staff. A major challenge that I see is the disconnect between alumni and our current student body. My first project will be to work with the Alumni Association to implement a student/alumni mentor program.”

Outside of the office, McClellan loves to travel in her vintage teardrop trailer with her husband Mark and corgi Winnie. They spend a lot of time camping, going to music festivals, playing and singing together, and hosting living room concerts to support local musicians. McClellan is also a voracious reader, a fan of good “and not so good” television and a lover of the theatre.