Governor Kevin Stitt Announces Dr. Brandon Tatum as Chief of Staff
Governor Kevin Stitt announced today that Dr. Brandon Tatum will serve as his chief of staff. Dr. Tatum officially replaces acting chief of staff Zachary Lee, who will return to the private sector after nearly three years of service in the state.
“Brandon is a gifted man who brings the right temperament and personality to lead our team,” said Governor Stitt. “As someone who loves Oklahoma and as a father, parent and husband, Brandon is ready to give back and serve his state. His experience in higher education will be important during my second term and I am thrilled to welcome him on board.
“It is a privilege to serve the great state of Oklahoma in this capacity” says Dr. Tatum. “Governor Stitt has laid out a bold vision for Oklahoma, and it is humbling to know that I will become another contributor alongside the strong team he has built.”
Zachary Lee served as acting chief of staff following Bond Payne’s departure in August. Lee has served in the governor’s office since March 2020 and will now return to work in the private sector.
“Zack is a true Oklahoman who has been a key part of the team and helped move the needle in our state over these past three legislative sessions. I am grateful for his leadership, loyalty and unwavering commitment. to serve our State and I wish him only the best”, said Governor Stitt.
Prior to this role, Dr. Brandon Tatum served Oklahoma Christian University as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, where he focused his efforts to align their strategies that guided the university toward before. He led all strategic initiatives for the university, including creation, implementation, evaluation, and improvement, and was also responsible for developing key relationships with Oklahoma industries and committed partners. such as Integris Health, Mercy Hospital Systems and Tinker Air Force Base. Dr. Tatum has made great strides in the university’s contribution to workforce shortages through scalable solutions to provide affordable degrees for nursing and teaching, and by partnering to four statewide hospital systems and sixteen public school districts across the state to help fill these critical jobs. .
Dr. Tatum received his Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Abilene Christian University. He previously served on the Governor’s Education Transition Committee focused on personalized learning and innovation and served as its representative on the Statewide Virtual Charter Board. Brandon and his wife Megan have a son, Sawyer, and twin daughters, Blakely and Gentry.