Durant banker John Massey has been reappointed to serve a third term as a member of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, making him the first three-term State Regent in 27 years.
Reappointed by Gov. Brad Henry and confirmed unanimously by the Senate on Wednesday, Massey will commence a term ending May 12, 2019.
“Regent Massey has been a valuable member of the State Regents,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “He brings 18 years of higher education experience and a unique understanding of the important role higher education plays in the lives of our students. There is no better advocate for higher education. His efforts as a State Regent and as a dedicated citizen of our state have helped many Oklahomans attend college and achieve success. We look forward to his continued service on the board.”
Massey is one of nine board members who oversee the state system of higher education. He was originally appointed as a State Regent by Gov. David Walters in April 1992 and reappointed to a second term by Gov. Frank Keating in 2001. Massey served as State Regents chairman during the 1998-99 and 2006-07 academic school years.
“I am truly honored to continue my service as a member of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education,” said Massey. “Receiving a degree was the best thing that ever happened to me and made me very aware of how vital higher education is for students and the state. I am proud that Gov. Henry appointed me and that I received confirmation by the State Senate. I look forward to the opportunity to continue carrying forward the mission of the State Regents.”
Massey earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant and received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from SEOSU in 1984. He was elected state representative in 1960 while a senior in college and served two terms. In 1964, he was elected to the State Senate where he served two terms.
He serves as chairman of the board of First United Bank and Trust, headquartered in Durant, and chairman of the advisory board of the Oklahoma Small Business Administration. He also serves on the board of directors of the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce.
Massey is active in several civic and professional organizations and has served on the Oklahoma Ethics Commission, the Oklahoma Historical Society Board and the Oklahoma Securities Commission. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame in 2004 and received the prestigious Leadership Oklahoma Lifetime Achievement Award in February 2010.