Provost, OSU Center for Health Sciences
Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine
Associate Dean of Rural Health
Professor of Family Medicine
Dr. Pettit graduated from the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1977 and completed a family medicine residency at Womack Army Hospital in Fort Bragg, NC. After completing his residency in 1980, Dr. Pettit relocated to Oklahoma where he was a commissioned medical officer at Reynolds Army Community Hospital in Fort Sill, OK. He resigned his military commission in 1983, reaching the rank of major. He then practiced medicine in a community clinic in Lawton, OK, for nineteen years before joining the faculty at OSU Center for Health Sciences (OSU-CHS) in 2002. Dr. Pettit currently serves as the Provost of OSU-CHS, the Senior Associate Dean of the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine (OSU-COM), and the Associate Dean for Rural Health. A fervent champion of rural health, he has been instrumental in securing federal grants to create the Rural Medical Track curriculum at OSU-COM and to establish rural-focused, community-based residency programs through the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program. Dr. Pettit was also instrumental in helping OSU-CHS receive a $3.8 million grant from the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust and a $5.6 million grant from the Oklahoma Health Care Authority to support residency training programs in Oklahoma. He is leading the effort to ensure OSU-CHS sponsored osteopathic residency programs comply with the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education standards. In addition to his doctorate of osteopathic medicine degree, Dr. Pettit has a master’s degree in special education from the University of Northern Colorado and his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Luther College.