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Oklahoma State University

UAT Staff

James R. Knecht, Interim Director; STAR System Coordinator


James R. Knecht joined the UAT staff in November 2014. Previously, he worked at OSU as the Learning Center Coordinator for Academic Services for Student-Athletes where he oversaw the tutoring program for OSU student-athletes.  He earned a Master of Science in Telecommuications Management from OSU in 2015, a Master of Business Administration from OSU in 2013, and a Master of Arts in English from Texas Tech University in 2003. In addition to overseeing the OSU Testing Center, James also coordinates the STAR System, OSU's implementation of the GradesFirst advising, tutoring, and retention system.






Lisa Cota, Assistant Director of Assessment and Analysis


Lisa Cota joined UAT in July 2013. She earned one Master's Degree at Missouri State University and another one at Oklahoma State University. Lisa is slowly turning into a Bayesian statistician, much to her dismay. She is a staunch believer in the Oxford comma, and builds hula hoops for people upon request.


Steve Brown, Computer Specialist I


Steve Brown has been Technology Manager for University Assessment and Testing at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater for nine years. His responsibilities include all technology support for University Assessment as well as desktop support, lab support, and database development for the Testing Center at OSU-Stillwater. Before his work with UAT, Steve provided multimedia support for the Faculty Support Center at OSU Stillwater, and years previous he provided desktop, lab, and database support for the College of Arts and Sciences for a total combined 20 years of higher education Information Technology experience.


Alison Witham, Administrative Assistant


Alison Witham joined University Assessment and Testing in February of 2016.

Brenda Miller, Sr. Administrative Support Specialist


In 1986, Brenda began employment at the Bureau of Tests and Measurements at OSU, which later became University Assessment and Testing. Prior to coming to OSU, Brenda attended Wichita State University while also serving as the Exceptions Secretary to the Assistant Dean of University College.

Mari Ann Medlock, Sr. Administrative Support Specialist


Mari Ann Medlock began working at OSU in 1994 in the Department of Forestry, which is now Natural Resource Ecology & Management. She also worked in University Academic Services, the Department of Horticulture & Landscape Architecture, and the Student Success Center. She graduated in 2009 from OSU with a B.S. in public horticulture. Mari Ann has been working in University Assessment and Testing since May 2010.



Beki Deese, Testing Center Graduate Assistant


Beki Deese joined the UAT staff in August of 2015. She received her Bachelor of Communication from the University of Arkansas in May of 2012. Upon completion of her bachelor's, Beki served as the Women’s Director for a KLife, a youth organization in Searcy, Arkansas. She moved to Stillwater in 2014 and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in School Counseling.