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July 3, 2003 :: Glass to Lead State Higher Education Board in 2003-2004

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A Newkirk businessman has been tapped as next year’s leader for the state’s higher education coordinating board.

Marlin “Ike” Glass Jr. was named chairman of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education for 2003-2004 during the State Regents’ regularly scheduled meeting in Oklahoma City recently. Other officers include James D. “Jimmy” Harrel of Leedey, vice chairman; Joseph E. “Joe” Cappy of Tulsa, secretary; and Cheryl P. Hunter of Oklahoma City, assistant secretary. The officers will serve one year.

“The coming year could be another interesting and challenging year for Oklahoma higher education, and I am pleased with the continuing strong leadership reflected by the election of the officers,” Chancellor Paul G. Risser said. “The officers are respected Oklahomans who will work well with leaders in the public and private sector. This is especially important this year as the State System works with the Department of Commerce to design a comprehensive economic development plan for Governor Brad Henry.”

“Regent Glass is widely recognized as a leader in Oklahoma’s small business community. He is also known for his integrity and his commitment to Oklahoma. It will be a pleasure to work alongside him and the other officers during the coming year.”

Appointed to the State Regents in 1997, Glass is president of Glass Trucking, Inc. in Newkirk. He is on executive boards for The State Chamber, the Oklahoma Trucking Association, the Oklahoma State University Alumni Association and the Oklahoma Transportation Center. He has been vice president for the American Trucking Association and served in the U.S. Navy from 1952 to 1956.

Glass received his bachelor’s degree in personnel administration from OSU in 1961.

Harrel was appointed to the State Regents in 1999. He is chief executive officer and chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Western Oklahoma in Elk City and Vici. Previously, he served as high school principal, vocational agriculture instructor and basketball coach at Taloga Public Schools. He serves as a member of the Lieutenant Governor's Business Advisory Council and has served on the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Board of Regents for the Oklahoma A&M Colleges. Additionally, he is active in many civic and community organizations, including the Masonic lodges and chambers of commerce of both Leedey and Elk City, the American Quarter Horse Association and the OSU Alumni Association.

A farmer and rancher, Harrel earned a bachelor's degree in animal science and vocational agriculture education from OSU in 1964.

Appointed to the State Regents in 2000, Cappy is chairman and chief executive officer of Tulsa-based Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc. He has been in the automobile industry for more than 47 years, previously working for Ford Motor Company, Chrysler Corporation and American Motors Corporation, where he was president and CEO.

He is past chairman and serves on the Executive Committee of the Oklahoma Business Roundtable. He serves on the boards of the Oklahoma Business and Education Coalition, Friends of the Fairgrounds Foundation and BOK Financial Corporation. He is board president for the Tulsa Community Foundation and is a trustee for Tulsa’s Philbrook Museum. He is also past president of the Boy Scouts of America-Indian Nations Council and past chair of the Tulsa-Area United Way.

Cappy earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Hunter, who was appointed to the State Regents in 2000, is a partner in the law firm of Kirk & Chaney in Oklahoma City. She has served as chairman of the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System Board and as a member of the Governor’s Commission on Government Performance. She also served as vice president of the Oklahoma County Bar Association from 1993 to 1994.

Hunter earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Oklahoma State University and a juris doctorate degree from the University of Oklahoma.

The State Regents are the coordinating board of control for Oklahoma’s 25 public colleges and universities and two higher education centers. The nine citizens who comprise the board are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate.

Other members of the State Regents include Bill W. Burgess Jr. of Lawton; John Massey of Durant; Joe L. Mayer of Guymon; Carl R. Renfro of Ponca City; and Dr. Ronald H. White of Oklahoma City.