Burger, Martha | 2020

  • Birth and Death Year | 1952 - Present
  • Induction Year | 2020
  • Profession | Civic Leader
  • Oklahoma Connection | Burger came to Oklahoma to attend Oklahoma State University following graduation from high school in Maryland.
  • Hometown | Oklahoma City

Fun Fact

Burger was instrumental in the conception and development of Oklahoma City’s Boathouse District, an official U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Site.


“When presented with the choice to advance her career in accounting or human resources Martha chose human resources, and many, many people have benefited because she traded numbers for people. Martha is a respected model leader across Oklahoma and beyond.” – Teresa Rose Crook, 2020


Martha Burger came to the state to attend Oklahoma State University and has since made Oklahoma her home. Throughout her life, education has been a driving force in the evolution of her career, earning her B.S. Degree in Accounting from the University of Central Oklahoma and Masters in Business Administration from Oklahoma City University. As an accountant and trend-setting human resources executive with Chesapeake Energy, Burger worked alongside her mentor, Aubrey McClendon, to develop a corporate culture of leadership and community support. Burger served as the 18th and first female president of Oklahoma City University until her retirement in June 2021. As an active and committed philanthropist, Burger supports women’s heart disease research, animal welfare, and higher education. Burger has been named OSU’s Philanthropist of the Year, inducted into OCU’s Hall of Honor, and is a three-time finalist for The Journal Record’s Woman of the Year.