June 10, 2008 :: Harrel Reappointed as State Regent
Reappointed by Gov. Brad Henry and confirmed by the state Senate, Jimmy D. Harrel of Leedey will serve another nine-year term as member of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. Harrel’s term will expire in May 2017.
Harrel, who was originally appointed as a State Regent by Gov. Frank Keating in May 1999, is one of nine board members who oversee the state system of higher education.
“Regent Harrel has been a valuable member of the State Regents, and understands the importance of higher education in Oklahoma,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “We look forward to his continued leadership on the board.”
“I am honored to be reappointed as a State Regent,” Harrel said. “During my term I will work to help students in the state attend college and achieve their goals.”
Harrel is a rancher, farmer and banker. He also serves as chairman of the board of directors and CEO of the Bank of Western Oklahoma, with locations in Cordell, Elk City, Geary, Vici, Weatherford and Woodward. He previously served as high school principal, vocational agriculture instructor and basketball coach at Taloga Public Schools.
Harrel earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science and vocational agriculture education from Oklahoma State University.
He has served on a number of boards and committees, including former Lt. Gov. Mary Fallin’s Business Advisory Council, the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Oklahoma Board of Agriculture and the Board of Regents for the Oklahoma A&M Colleges.
Harrel is active in a number of community activities such as the Masonic Lodges of Leedey and Elk City, the chambers of commerce of Leedey and Elk City, the American Quarter Horse Association and the OSU Alumni Association.
Harrel and his wife Marilyn are the parents of a daughter, Keela Terry, who resides in Weatherford with her husband and family.
Photo of Regent Jimmy D. Harrel (JPG, high res, 106k)