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May 30, 2007 :: Glass Returns as State Regent

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Newkirk businessman Marlin “Ike” Glass Jr. was sworn in Friday as a member of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, returning to the board after a year’s absence. He replaces Ponca City banker Carl R. Renfro, whose nine-year term expired this month. Glass’ term expires in May 2016.

Glass previously served as a state regent from 1997 to 2006, fulfilling an appointment by Gov. Frank Keating. He served as chairman of the State Regents from 2003 to 2004.

Glass is president of Glass Trucking, Inc. in Newkirk and currently serves as chairman of the board for the State Chamber. He is on the boards of the Oklahoma Trucking Association and the Oklahoma State University Alumni Association and also serves as vice chairman of the Oklahoma Transportation Center, a joint venture between OSU and the University of Oklahoma.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in personnel administration from OSU in 1961. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1952 to 1956.

He is active in many civic and community organizations including the Disabled American Veterans, American Legion, Navy League and Cowboys for Higher Education. He and his wife Marybeth, also an OSU graduate, have two children, Rob and Jennifer, who are also OSU graduates.

OSRHE is a nine-member constitutional board that coordinates all institutions in the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education. The board prescribes academic standards of higher education, determines functions and courses of study at state colleges and universities, grants degrees, recommends to the Legislature budget allocations 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.