After 12 years of service, University of Central Oklahoma Executive Vice President Steve Kreidler is leaving the university to accept a similar position at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

In a message to the campus announcing his resignation, Kreidler said, “I cannot say in a few sentences what is in my heart. I love you all, and this special place, more than you can know. This decision has been excruciatingly difficult for me. While I will be joining another dynamic team and outstanding president, none can replace the faculty and staff at Central in my life.”

Kreidler joined Central in 2001 as vice president of administration and finance and took on his current role in 2005. Prior to that, he worked in economic development for Edmond.

While at Central, his creativity and innovation led to numerous successful initiatives, including a more transparent and inclusive budgeting process, the award-winning Lean University to create a more efficient work environment, and UCO’s nationally recognized sustainability and campus beautification efforts. He also assisted in founding the Academy of Contemporary Music at UCO, helped gain UCO’s status as a Paralympic and Olympic Training Site, led the team working to bring the State Medical Examiner to Edmond and refinanced the university’s debt.

Kreidler said he is most proud of founding the Leaders of Tomorrow, a servant leadership scholarship program for UCO students.

“The interaction with students through their four years of undergraduate studies has been my most satisfying opportunity. Every action we take in administration is built around enabling UCO students to succeed in life,” he added.

UCO President Don Betz echoed the sentiments of many throughout the campus when reflecting on Kreidler’s tenure at the university.

“I congratulate Steve on this exceptional opportunity, but I admit that the moment is bittersweet. The president and board at Metro in Denver identified in Steve the qualities and accomplishments that have made him such a productive and valued leader and colleague here at UCO.

Kreidler’s last day at Central has yet to be determined. He begins his new position in Denver on Aug. 15.