Dr. Hans Brisch, ’64, was
named the fourth Chancellor for the Oklahoma State System of Higher
Education on December 14, 1987. He is known for the courage, vision, and
strength he has brought to that higher education system. His leadership
and Oklahoma’s strong constitutional framework for higher education have
formed a dynamic combination to carry out the ambitious goals of providing
the best higher education opportunities for Oklahomans.
Born in Germany in 1940, Hans Brisch
immigrated to the United States at the age of 17 and completed his high
school and college education while supporting himself through work,
scholarships, and loans. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Park
College in Political Science with a minor in chemistry, and a Master of
Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degree in Political Science from the
University of Kansas. Academic honors accorded Hans Brisch include
Fulbright-Hays Fellow, University of Alabama Research Grant Award, Venice
Seminar Fellow, Public Administrative Fellow, Seminar Fellow—University of
Belgrade, and NDFL Title VI Fellow.
His academic career spans teaching and
research appointments at the University of Kansas, the University of
Alabama, the University of Nebraska, and Nebraska Wesleyan University.
Professor Brisch has published a number of articles and books and
participated in professional conferences relating to his diverse expertise
in the areas of public administration and management, legislative
politics, and Soviet studies.
As an academic administrator, Hans Brisch
served at the Illinois Board of Higher Education as Assistant Director and
Associate Director for Academic Affairs. At the University of Nebraska, he
held the posts of Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, Executive
Assistant to the President, and Associate Executive Vice President and
His leadership abilities were clearly
established in his two-year service as Chief of Staff for Governor Kay Orr
of Nebraska, a role in which he provided leadership in the state’s
executive branch and provided oversight for planning and policy activities
undertaken by state government.
Hans Brisch is a member of numerous
professional, academic, and civic organizations and has held positions of
active leadership in many of them. He is married to Margaret Gatton Brisch,
Ph.D., (Park University ’63) and they have three children: Ellen, Matthew,
Dr. Brisch passed away February 22, 2006.