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July 31, 2007 :: Burgess to Lead State Regents in 2007-08

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A Lawton businessman and attorney has been elected to chair the state’s coordinating board for Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities during the coming year.

At their recent meeting, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education named Bill W. Burgess Jr. as board chairman. He will lead the nine-member State Regents throughout the 2007-08 fiscal year, which ends June 30, 2008.

Other officers include Ronald H. White, M.D. of Oklahoma City, vice chairman; William Stuart Price of Tulsa, secretary; and Joseph L. Parker Jr. of Tulsa, assistant secretary.

Burgess is chairman emeritus of Techrizon, a software engineering company, and chairman of the board of Vortex, Inc. He was appointed to the State Regents in 1993 and reappointed in 2002.

Burgess graduated from Cameron University, Lawton, with a bachelor’s degree and received his juris doctorate from the University of Oklahoma School of Law. He has served in a number of capacities on many education, technology, business, civic and alumni organizations and has been the recipient of several outstanding alumnus and civic awards. He has served as chairman of the Oklahoma Business Roundtable, Inc. and serves on the board of directors of the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce.

Burgess served on the Governor’s Science and Technology Advisory Council and as president of the Southwest Oklahoma Technology Association and is on the board of directors of the Oklahoma Technology Development Corporation. He also served as a member of the steering committee for the Oklahoma EDGE (Economic Development Generating Excellence) project.

Appointed to the State Regents in 2003, White is president of Oklahoma Cardiovascular
Associates. He serves as a member of the board of managers for Oklahoma Heart Hospital and as a clinical assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.

White has been a member of the board of directors for Oklahoma Gas and Electric since 1989 and is a founding member of the board of commissioners for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. He received his bachelor’s and medical degrees and a cardiology fellowship from OU and served as a member of the OU Board of Regents for 14 years.

Price is the owner of an oil, gas and energy company in Tulsa and was appointed to the State Regents in 2004. He has been in the oil and gas industry since 1983, having previously managed and owned an independent oil and gas company that focused on drilling production of natural gas in Oklahoma and Arkansas. He is a graduate of The University of Tulsa School of Law and a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Price has been a member of the National Petroleum Council, the Governor’s Energy Committee and the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association (OIPA). He has served as trustee for the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, chairman of the Tulsa City Park and Recreation Board, trustee of the University Center at Tulsa, a member of the Rogers State College Foundation and national co-chair for fundraising at TU’s College of Law.

Appointed in 2005, Parker is chairman of the board for Anchor Stone Co. in Tulsa, a company involved in the production of crushed limestone, sand and gravel and in heavy equipment brokerage. In addition, he serves on the board of directors for SunTx Capital Partners in Dallas, Texas, and currently serves as president of Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa.

Parker has served on numerous civic boards in the Tulsa area, including Friends of the Fairgrounds Foundation, Holland Hall School, the Center for Legislative Excellence and the Metropolitan Tulsa Chamber of Commerce. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska and earned his MBA from the University of Washington.

The State Regents are the coordinating board of control for Oklahoma’s 25 public colleges and universities. The nine citizens who comprise the board are appointed to nine-year terms by the governor and confirmed by the State Senate.

Other members of the State Regents are Julie Carson of Claremore; Marlin “Ike” Glass of Newkirk; James D. “Jimmy” Harrel of Leedey; Cheryl P. Hunter of Oklahoma City; and John Massey of Durant.