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May 18, 2017 - Hickman to be Sworn in as New State Regent RSS feed

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Photo of Regent Jeff Hickman.Fairview resident and former House Speaker Jeff Hickman will be sworn in as a member of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education on May 26. His appointment by Gov. Mary Fallin was recently confirmed by both the Senate Education Committee and the full Senate.

Hickman will serve a nine-year term that expires in May 2026. He replaces Regent Jimmy Harrel, who completed his second nine-year term on the Board this month.

“We welcome Regent Hickman to the State Regents,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “We look forward to working with him as we continue to focus on increasing college degree completion and college affordability in Oklahoma. His previous service as a legislative leader and his professional experiences will be invaluable to the State Regents and to Oklahoma’s state system of higher education.”

Hickman was elected to the House of Representatives in 2004. He served as Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives for three legislative terms, from 2014-16, but was unable to seek re-election due to legislative term limits.

Prior to his election as Speaker, Hickman served as Speaker Pro Tempore and chairman of the Revenue and Taxation Appropriations & Budget Subcommittee, Public Safety Appropriations & Budget Subcommittee, and Insurance and Retirement Committee. Before his election to the Legislature, he served as vice president of Omni Media Group in Woodward. Hickman spent seven years working in higher education at the University of Oklahoma, where he served as university press secretary, public affairs special projects coordinator and as an assistant to the president and to the athletic director.

“I am committed to work with my colleagues on the State Board of Regents, the Governor, legislators and the Chancellor to identify ways to advance our higher education system in Oklahoma,” Hickman said.  “I will work to ensure our colleges, universities and higher education centers continue to provide a quality education for our students and the workforce that Oklahoma businesses need to succeed.”

Regent Hickman holds a bachelor’s degree with distinction from OU. Since leaving the Legislature, Hickman has served as chief communications and compliance officer for the Great Salt Plains Health Center, with four sites in Alfalfa, Garfield, Grant and Blaine counties serving the surrounding region. He has been involved with his family’s farming operation in Alfalfa and Woods counties since childhood, and is now the fifth generation in his family to own and farm land near Dacoma and Cherokee in northwest Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education is a nine-member constitutional board that coordinates 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.