D. Gregory Main
Fifteenth President of St. Gregory’s University
D. Gregory Main, D.Hum., h.c., assumed the office of St. Gregory’s University President on July 1, 2011. He had served on the St. Gregory’s Board of Directors since 2008.
President Main was born in Belding, Michigan, and grew up in Lansing. He graduated summa cum laude from Michigan State University in 1970 with a degree in urban planning.
The same year he graduated from college, Main began his economic development career as executive director and chief planner for the six-county, non-profit Central Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Regional Commission in Escanaba, Michigan. From 1985 to 1990, his duties as director of the manufacturing development group included responsibility for marketing Michigan as a location for manufacturing investment. In that capacity, he directed State of Michigan offices in Brussels, Tokyo, Toronto and Lagos, Nigeria.
He was deputy director of economic development in 1991, when he relocated to Oklahoma.
Main was appointed Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce in 1991, serving as the state’s chief economic development officer. He designed and implemented initiatives, including the award-winning Oklahoma Quality Jobs program and the Quality Jobs Investment Act. In addition, he was instrumental in establishing the Alliance for Manufacturing and the launch of the Oklahoma Capital Investment Board Venture Investing program.
In 1994, he became a partner in Intersouth Partners of Research, before serving as President and CEO of i2E, Inc., of Oklahoma City, a technology commercialization company focused on assisting entrepreneurial start-up businesses. He was also a general partner with Chisolm Private Capital Partners, a $66 million venture capital firm in Oklahoma City.
Main came to St. Gregory’s after a two-year stint as President and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. There, he was responsible for executing the governor’s economic recovery and diversification strategy.
He is a past chairman of the Oklahoma Venture Forum, a Science Museum of Oklahoma board member, Oklahoma Academy executive committee member and Creative Oklahoma member.
Main and his wife, Barbara, have three daughters, two sons and ten grandchildren.