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July 12, 2006 :: Massey Elected To Lead State Regents in 2006-07

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A Durant banker and longtime higher education supporter has been elected to chair the state’s coordinating board for Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities during the coming year.

At their regularly scheduled meeting recently, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education named John Massey as board chairman. He will lead the nine-member State Regents throughout the 2006-07 fiscal year, which ends June 30, 2007.

Other officers include Bill W. Burgess Jr. of Lawton, vice chairman; Ronald H. White, M.D. of Oklahoma City, secretary; and William Stuart Price of Tulsa, assistant secretary.

“It’s a great honor to be entrusted with leading a board comprised of individuals who have a deep commitment and passion for making Oklahoma’s higher education system one of the nation’s best,” Massey said. “We have several new programs that will be launched in 2006-07, including the new adult degree completion program and student information portal, which will make lasting impacts on our state. Needless to say, this coming year will be very busy and exciting.”

Massey serves as chairman of the board for the First United Bank and Trust, headquartered in Durant. He is also chairman of the advisory board of the Oklahoma Small Business Administration and serves on the board of directors for the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce.

Appointed to the State Regents in 1992 and reappointed in 2001, Massey earned a bachelor’s degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant, and received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from SEOSU in 1984. He was elected as a 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.

Active in several civic and professional organizations, Massey has served on the Ethics Commission, the Oklahoma Historical Society Board and the Securities Commission. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2002 and Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame in 2004. Last year, SEOSU renamed its business school the John Massey School of Business.

Burgess is chairman of the board of both Techrizon, a software engineering company, and Vortex, Inc., an investment corporation. He was appointed to the State Regents in 1993 and reappointed in 2002.

Burgess graduated from Cameron University, Lawton, with a bachelor’s degree and received his juris doctorate from the University of Oklahoma School of Law. He has served in a number of capacities on many education, technology, business, civic and alumni organizations and has been the recipient of several outstanding alumnus and civic awards. He serves as chairman of the Oklahoma Business Roundtable, Inc. and on the board of directors of the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce.

Burgess served on the Governor’s Science and Technology Advisory Council, served as president of the Southwest Oklahoma Technology Association and is on the board of directors of the Oklahoma Technology Development Corporation. He also served as a member of the steering committee for the Oklahoma EDGE (Economic Development Generating Excellence) project.

Appointed to the State Regents in 2003, White is president of Oklahoma Cardiovascular Associates. He serves as a member of the board of managers for Oklahoma Heart Hospital and as a clinical assistant professor at the OU College of Medicine. He has also served as medical director for the Oklahoma Heart Center and medical staff president for Integris Baptist Medical Center.

White received his bachelor’s and medical degrees and a cardiology fellowship from OU. He served as a member of the OU Board of Regents for 14 years and was a member of the OU Foundation’s board of trustees. He has been a member of the board of directors for Oklahoma Gas and Electric since 1989 and is a founding member of the board of commissioners for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

Appointed in 2004 by Gov. Brad Henry, William Stuart Price is owner of an oil, gas and energy company in Tulsa. He has been in the oil and gas industry since 1983, having previously managed and owned an independent oil and gas company that focused on drilling production of natural gas in Oklahoma and Arkansas. He is a graduate of The University of Tulsa School of Law and a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Price has been a member of the National Petroleum Council, Governor’s Energy Committee and the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association (OIPA). He has served as trustee for the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, chairman of the Tulsa City Park and Recreation Board, trustee of the University Center of Tulsa, a member of the Rogers State College Foundation and national co-chair for fundraising at TU’s College of Law.

The State Regents are the coordinating board of control for Oklahoma’s 25 public colleges and universities. The nine citizens who comprise the board are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the State Senate.

Other members of the State Regents include Julie Carson of Claremore; James D. “Jimmy” Harrel of Leedey; Cheryl P. Hunter, Oklahoma City; Joseph L. Parker of Tulsa; and Carl R. Renfro of Ponca City.