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Oklahoma State University



Center for the Future of Work
Executive in Residence, Spears School of Business

Phone: 405-744-2922


In addition to teaching, Kyle Eastham, Executive in Residence, helps students explore their entrepreneurial ideas at Student Startup Central. After 22 years in state government, working as a law enforcement officer, training manager, and human resources manager, Kyle founded Black Belt Performance, a speaking and training company. Kyle has spoken to groups all over the U.S., including the US Navy, Social Security Administration, and various national conferences.

Kyle holds a Master's in Entrepreneurship from OSU and a Master's in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma. He has written two books: Good Enough for Government Work: How to Squash Mediocrity in Government, and Life is a Bowl of Choices.


  • MS, Oklahoma State University, Entrepreneurship, 2011
  • MA, University of Oklahoma, Public Administration, 1997
  • BS, Oklahoma State University, Wildlife Ecology, 1983


  • Kyle Eastham. (2009). "Good Enough for Government Work – How to Squash Mediocrity in Government". Reynolds Publishing: Oklahoma City, OK: .
  • Kyle Eastham. (2008). "Be a Quitter Like Me: How Quitting Can Improve Quality and Advance One’s Career". Journal of Quality Assurance in Hospitality and Tourism. (9), 1,
  • Kyle Eastham. (2004). "Life is a Bowl of Choices – Today’s Choices Create Tomorrow’s Destiny ". Reynolds Publishing: Oklahoma City, OK: .

Awards and Honors

  • Leadership Stillwater (2017)
  • Excellence in Online Teaching Award (2017)
  • Outstanding Entrepreneuial Educator (2017)

Academic, Military, and Professional Positions

  • Oklahoma State University, Executive in Residence, Spears School of Business, January 01 2016
  • Meridian Technology Center, Adjunct, 2012 - 2015
  • Black BeltPerformance LLC, President, 2003 - December 31 2015
  • Oklahoma State University, Adjunct, Spears School of Business, August 2011 - May 2014
  • Bold Step, Executive Director, June 2011 - November 2013
  • Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Human Resources, October 1995 - January 2007
  • Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Game Warden, October 1 1984 - October 1 1995