An additional appointee from Gov. Kevin Stitt arrives to the College of Oklahoma Board of Regents from a business enterprise background.
The governor announced Friday he picked Rick Braught, of Duncan, to fill a vacant seat on OU’s top rated governing board, which also oversees Cameron College and Rogers State College.
Braught is the president of Traders Believe in Co. He has led the Duncan-based organization because 1996.
He and his spouse, Barbara, also own The Territory Golfing & Place Club, a golfing course and residential community in Duncan.
An OU business graduate, of both bachelor’s and master’s degree applications, Braught would fill an unexpired expression ending March 21, 2023.
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Braught stated he is “honored” to be appointed.
“I feel advancement in all aspects of our point out starts instantly with how very well we put together our graduates to excel and direct in their picked fields,” he mentioned in a statement.
This is Stitt’s 2nd appointment to the OU regents in the past thirty day period.
The governor chose Inasmuch Foundation CEO Bob Ross on March 30 to serve a seven-calendar year phrase. He succeeded retiring board chairperson Michael Cawley, who opted to stage down at the time his phrase expired in March.
Pending approval by the point out Senate, Braught would be the hottest of Stitt’s appointees to appear from a business or finance-related profession, similarly to Cawley and regents Eric Stephenson, Anita Holloway and Rick Nagel.
“His strong small business acumen will make him a great addition to the Board of Regents as we continue to be certain OU is successfully equipping graduates with capabilities that meet up with the desires of our state’s workforce and economic climate,” Stitt said in asserting Braught’s appointment.
Braught’s seat was left vacant by yet another businessman, Phil Albert, who was appointed to the board in 2016 by then-Gov. Mary Fallin.
Albert resigned from the regents in January amid allegations of economical crimes.
He was the president of Claremore steel pole manufacturer Pelco Structural till the corporation fired in him 2019. The company later accused him in court documents of fraud, embezzlement and breach of fiduciary responsibility.
Albert alleged in a Rogers County District Court lawsuit the company wrongfully fired him. The lawsuit, filed in 2019, is still pending.
OU President Joseph Harroz Jr. said Albert showed an “ardent enthusiasm” for the university.
Stitt also was complimentary of Albert following the regent’s resignation.
“Phil Albert served the College of Oklahoma effectively through his time as a regent,” Stitt reported in a January assertion.
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