march 13, 2003


A Man On A Mission . . . New OPSU President Dave Bryant

Dr. David Bryant

Panhandle State’s Dr. David Bryant, not even one month into his position as President, has hit the ground running. He is already very active in all phases of day-to-day management in the academic side of things as well as the business and public relations aspects. Accompanied by his two young grandsons, Bryant is also a fixture at Aggie athletic events.

Last Friday, Bryant enlisted the help of Scott Puryear and the two men started Bryant’s first tour of businesses within the OPSU service area. Puryear is the Marketing and Advertising Director at the Guymon Daily Herald plus teaches in the OPSU Business Department and acts as the Aggie Sports Information Director.

Bryant began at the Guymon Daily Herald with publisher Jeff Shultz and then proceeded to City National Bank where he met with Jim Webster and Jim LeGrange. Bryant spoke of the past, the present and the future of OPSU. Webster spoke of how important that OPSU graduates have been to the success of the bank. Clark Auto Ranch was the next stop and, Hal Clark, a longtime area business leader, and Bryant spoke of the state of business in the area and the importance of OPSU to the business community.

Next, Bryant and Puryear attended the Rotary luncheon as the guests of Guymon Mayor Jess Nelson. At the close of the meeting, Bryant was surrounded by well-wishers and people interested in what he had to say about Panhandle State. After stops at the Texas County Courthouse, and the law firm of Wright, Dale, Jett and Carter, Bryant and Puryear went on a walking tour of downtown Guymon as the new president continued to familiarize himself with the businesses in the area.
A trip to the Texas County Activity Center was next on the agenda, and Bryant visited the 2003 version of the Better Living Show. Things were still being set up as Bryant spoke with Guymon business persons Steve Oakes, Marsha Strong, Shawn Martinez, Bob Fajen and Elgie Davis.

Bryant then spoke with Teresa Barkley at Bank of the Panhandle, then proceeded by car on a tour of the Guymon Industrial Park. Sean Jung, President of CJ NutraCon, spoke with Bryant about the company that he runs, then CJ’s Production Manager, Don Loomis, hosted a plant tour. Bryant, with an extensive background in agriculture and in-depth knowledge of ag-based issues, was fascinated with the CJ NutraCon processes.

A visit to Guymon Furniture followed, and then a chance meeting with Guymon businessman and School Board Member Scott Dahl was next. Dahl and Bryant discussed the Guymon Schools and Bryant pledged his support. Jeannette Funderburg, owner of the Northridge Suburban Cinema, showed Bryant one of Guymon’s newest and brightest businesses and also shared the theater’s new expansion plans with him.

With each person he met, Bryant was energetic and very interested in the business of business in the Guymon area and many times spoke of his commitment to mutual relationships between the college and the business issues of Guymon.
Oklahoma Panhandle State University needed a President who would be energetic, dedicated and visionary.

Bryant is committed to meeting as many business people as he can and loves to have those people show him their various operations. If any business or organization might be concerned that they might not meet the new president of Oklahoma Panhandle State University, they should not be. This hard working and dynamic man will quite probably come knocking on their door in the very near future.

Story contact: Karen Lang