Marilyn Korhonen

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Interim Director, Center for Applied Research & Development
Associate Director, Center for Research Program Development and Enrichment

Center for Applied Research and Development
The University of Oklahoma
5 Partners Place
201 Stephenson Parkway, Suite 3100
Norman, OK 73019
Telephone: (405) 325-5530
Fax: (405) 325-6029


As Interim Director of the Center for Applied Research Development, Dr. Marilyn Korhonen identifies and develops opportunities to focus the University of Oklahoma’s expertise toward translation of knowledge and discoveries into workable solutions to specific problems. She works within and beyond the university to strategically align OU’s research capacities with societal needs, business challenges, and the missions of governmental agencies. She works directly with colleges, departments, and scholars to support their efforts to apply knowledge, address challenges, discover solutions, and create products.

Korhonen continues to serve as an Associate Director in the Center for Research Program Development and Enrichment (CRPDE), where she works with OU faculty, departments, centers, and colleges to assist in efforts to develop programs of research; facilitate collaborative (and interdisciplinary) efforts; and support the early research development of tenure track faculty, primarily in the sciences and engineering.

Dr. Korhonen’s diverse experience and commitment to partnership development enables her to gauge the needs of potential partners in context of the University of Oklahoma’s current and potential expertise and resources. Prior to joining the Office of the Vice President for Research in 2012, Marilyn built a private consulting practice focused on developing and funding large private/public or multi-institutional programs through mutually beneficial relationships among universities, corporations, public and private schools, community-based organizations, and state and local agencies. She assisted GTE (Verizon), Houghton Mifflin (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), VTEL, and Polycom to develop grant related services for their clients. She managed multiple teams to develop state and regional programs and advance STEM, K-20, Career Pathways, and other higher education/K-12/community initiatives. Her work resulted in more than $200 million in grants, contracts and cooperative agreements through seven federal agencies in addition to state agencies and private funding sources. In two years as National Director of Education Programs for Norstan Communications, Marilyn assisted education clients with implementation of more than $40 million in technology infrastructure, including tribal schools and colleges in the Navajo Nation and Hopi Reservation. Marilyn earned a doctorate in education, masters’ in business administration, and bachelors in English, all from the University of Oklahoma. She previously taught graduate courses in adult and higher education on military bases in Europe through the University of Oklahoma Advanced Programs (now called Extended Campus Europe).