Edmond resident Courtney Warmington was sworn in as a member of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education during today’s State Regents’ meeting by Oklahoma County District Court Special Judge Kathryn Savage. Her appointment by Gov. Kevin Stitt was recently confirmed by both the Senate Education Committee and the full Senate.
“We welcome Courtney Warmington to the State Regents,” said State Regents’ chair Ann Holloway. “We know her experiences and expertise will greatly benefit the state system of higher education and Oklahoma students. Regent Warmington recognizes the integral role of our public colleges and universities in moving our state forward.”
Warmington will serve a nine-year term that expires in May 2030. She replaces Ronald H. White, M.D., who recently completed two consecutive terms on the board and 18 years of service.
“The State Regents and I look forward to Regent Warmington’s service on the board,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “We anticipate that her contributions and background will be invaluable as we remain focused on increasing college degree completion to meet our state’s business and industry workforce needs.”
Warmington earned her bachelor’s degree at Oklahoma State University before attending Oklahoma City University School of Law. After graduating magna cum laude, she started working in the Labor and Employment Practice Group at the law firm of Crowe & Dunlevy, where she practiced for 17 years.
“As a beneficiary of degrees from two of Oklahoma’s institutions of higher learning – and as a parent to three who I hope will soon do the same – it is an honor to serve in this role,” said Regent Warmington. “I look forward to being a part of helping to ensure that Oklahoma’s public institutions are educating tomorrow’s workforce with the degrees needed to thrive in today’s economy.”
In 2016, Warmington joined what is now the Fuller Tubb Bickford Warmington & Panach law firm. She has extensive experience assisting employers in state and federal litigation and administrative proceedings involving wrongful termination, workplace discrimination and harassment and retaliation. Warmington also handles wage and hour matters, on both the state and federal levels, using the experience she gained during a four-year term as an Administrative Law Judge for the Oklahoma Department of Labor.
In addition to a litigation practice, she also advises employers on everything from recruiting and retention to discipline and termination issues by conducting audits, investigations, management and employee training, and drafting policies and procedures. Regent Warmington has been listed in the Top 25 Women Oklahoma Super Lawyers since 2014.
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.