As Central's Executive Vice President, Steve Kreidler uses creativity and innovation to advance the university and maximize its resources to the benefit of our students. His responsibilities include budget and finance, economic development, university strategic planning, purchasing, human resources, accounting, architecture and engineering, public safety, risk management, student housing, the Nigh University Center, food service, the student Wellness Center, Olympic activities related to the university's designation as a U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Site, and operations and maintenance of the 200-acre campus and facilities.
His efforts have contributed to several national accolades for the university, including its designation as one of the nation's Great Colleges to Work For in 2011, 2010 and 2008; three Innovation Awards from the National Association of College and University Business Officers; and recognition from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a Green Power Partner for being among the top 10 universities in the nation for use of sustainable energy. Additionally, he implemented a $15 million energy reduction program for the university, saved over $10 million through strategic refinancing of debt, initiated a partnership with Mercy Health Systems to run the Student Health Center that saved the university more than $600,000, and has overseen the construction of off-balance sheet student housing, a 67,000 square foot Wellness Center, a $15 million football stadium renovation, the Forensic Science Institute facility and the Transformative Learning Center.
In addition to his duties at Central, Kreidler is active in supporting the growth and development of many organizations. He serves on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Greater Oklahoma City, the Cultural Development Corporation of Central Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals, the OU Medical Center Edmond, the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network, and the Oklahoma Olympic Engagement Committee. He has led strategic planning efforts for organizations ranging from the OU Department of Library Sciences to the Oklahoma Academy to churches and non-profits.
He started his career as a social worker with Big Brothers/Big Sisters in Wichita, KS and Norman, OK, later serving as Executive Director of the Norman Chamber of Commerce then as Executive Director for the Edmond Economic Development Authority. He began as Vice President for Administration at UCO in April of 2001 and was promoted to Executive Vice President in June 2005.
He is a Tulsa native and graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Business Administration and has an MBA from Oklahoma Christian University. He has completed the Institute for Educational Management program through the Harvard Graduate School of Education as well as the prestigious Oxford Round Table, and is in progress toward a doctorate in education.