A different appointee from Gov. Kevin Stitt comes to the College of Oklahoma Board of Regents from a organization track record.
The governor introduced Friday he picked Rick Braught, of Duncan, to fill a vacant seat on OU’s top rated governing board, which also oversees Cameron College and Rogers Point out University.
Braught is the president of Buyers Rely on Co. He has led the Duncan-centered company since 1996.
He and his spouse, Barbara, also own The Territory Golf & State Club, a golfing training course and household group in Duncan.
An OU business graduate, of both bachelor’s and master’s diploma courses, Braught would fill an unexpired phrase ending March 21, 2023.
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Braught mentioned he is “honored” to be appointed.
“I consider enhancement in all facets of our point out starts instantly with how nicely we prepare our graduates to excel and guide in their decided on fields,” he reported in a statement.
This is Stitt’s next appointment to the OU regents in the earlier month.
The governor selected Inasmuch Basis CEO Bob Ross on March 30 to provide a seven-yr term. He succeeded retiring board chairperson Michael Cawley, who opted to action down at the time his expression expired in March.
Pending acceptance by the condition Senate, Braught would be the hottest of Stitt’s appointees to arrive from a organization or finance-linked career, likewise to Cawley and regents Eric Stephenson, Anita Holloway and Rick Nagel.
“His sturdy company acumen will make him a fantastic addition to the Board of Regents as we proceed to make sure OU is successfully equipping graduates with skills that meet up with the requires of our state’s workforce and financial system,” Stitt said in asserting Braught’s appointment.
Braught’s seat was still left vacant by another businessman, Phil Albert, who was appointed to the board in 2016 by then-Gov. Mary Fallin.
Albert resigned from the regents in January amid allegations of financial crimes.
He was the president of Claremore metal pole company Pelco Structural until eventually the company fired in him 2019. The company later accused him in courtroom files of fraud, embezzlement and breach of fiduciary responsibility.
Albert alleged in a Rogers County District Court lawsuit the enterprise wrongfully fired him. The lawsuit, submitted in 2019, is however pending.
OU President Joseph Harroz Jr. claimed Albert showed an “ardent enthusiasm” for the university.
Stitt also was complimentary of Albert following the regent’s resignation.
“Phil Albert served the College of Oklahoma well in the course of his time as a regent,” Stitt mentioned in a January assertion.
Reporter Nuria Martinez-Keel covers K-12 and larger instruction through the state of Oklahoma. Have a tale strategy for Nuria? She can be achieved at [email protected] or on Twitter at @NuriaMKeel. Assistance Nuria’s operate and that of other Oklahoman journalists by paying for a electronic subscription today at subscribe.oklahoman.com.