Reappointed by Gov. Mary Fallin and confirmed by the state Senate, Joseph L. Parker Jr. of Tulsa will serve another nine-year term as a member of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. Regent Parker’s term will expire in May 2023.
Regent Parker is one of nine members of the constitutional board with oversight and coordinating responsibilities over the state system of higher education. He was originally appointed by Gov. Brad Henry in 2005. Regent Parker served as State Regents chairman during the 2011-12 academic school year and is the co-chair of the Regents’ Online Education Task Force. He also currently serves as chair of the State Regents Investment Committee.
“Regent Parker has been a valuable member of the State Regents and understands how important higher education is to the state of Oklahoma,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “His leadership has helped Oklahoma’s system of higher education continue to grow and thrive, becoming an invaluable resource to the state. We look forward to his second term on the board.”
Regent Parker is chairman of the board for Anchor Stone Co. in Tulsa, a company involved in the production of crushed limestone, sand and gravel; heavy equipment brokerage; and oil and gas.
Regent Parker serves on numerous civic boards, including the Jasmine Moran Children's Museum, Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, Oklahoma Innovation Institute and The Nature Conservancy's Oklahoma Chapter.A 1969 graduate of the University of Nebraska, Regent Parker earned his MBA from the University of Washington in 1971.