Lawton resident Gen. Toney Stricklin was recently sworn in as a member of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. He replaces Don Davis, who recently completed his term on the board. Stricklin’s term will expire in May 2020.
“We welcome Regent Stricklin to the State Regents,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “His prior military and public service, knowledge and experience will be invaluable to our board and the State System of Higher Education as we continue to provide a quality, affordable education to our students.”
Stricklin spent more than 32 years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, including serving as commanding general of the Army’s Field Artillery Center at Fort Sill. During his career, he served in a variety of command positions in the United States, Germany, Korea and Vietnam. Stricklin was selected in 2008 to serve a two-year term as civilian aide to the Secretary of the Army for Oklahoma.
Stricklin served as vice chairman of military and government relations for the Lawton-Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He has also served on the state board for Career and Technology Education and as chairman of the Information Technology Panel for the Oklahoma Economic Development Generating Enterprise (EDGE) initiative. Currently, he is chairman of the Military Liaison Committee for The State Chamber of Oklahoma.
Stricklin earned his master’s degree in international relations from Newport College in Rhode Island and his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Cameron University, where he was honored in 2006 as a distinguished alumnus.
The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education is a nine-member constitutional board that coordinates all 25 public higher education institutions in Oklahoma. The board prescribes academic standards of higher education, determines functions and courses of study at state colleges and universities, grants degrees, makes budget requests to the Legislature, allocates funding for each college and university, recommends proposed fees within limits set by the Legislature and manages numerous scholarships and special programs. State regents are appointed by the governor for nine-year terms.