OCTOBER 28, 2009

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Longtime Employees Mowdy, Hudson Retire

After 30 years in higher education and 14 years with the Oklahoma Guaranteed Student Loan Program (OGSLP), a division of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Mary Mowdy retired Sept. 30.

As OGSLP’s executive director, Mowdy provides strategic leadership for the agency and oversees all operational, fiduciary, regulatory and educational functions. She represented Oklahoma and the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) community on the national level in many capacities.

“Mary Mowdy has been committed to comprehensive student service and has led the development of numerous college access, financial literacy and student aid awareness initiatives throughout her career with the State Regents,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “In her leadership role at OGSLP, she has been a tireless advocate for students and the financial aid community. The State Regents and I wish her well in all her future endeavors.”

Throughout her career, Mowdy served on various industry task forces, workgroups and committees, including a term as chairman of the board of directors for the National Council on Higher Education Loan Programs and selection as a non-federal negotiator to prepare proposed regulations under Title IV for the U.S. Department of Education.
Before joining OGSLP, Mowdy served in student financial aid at The University of Tulsa, Oklahoma City Community College and the University of Oklahoma, among other industry positions. Mowdy is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma.

After serving 15 years with the OSRHE, Sid Hudson, vice chancellor for legislative relations, technology, research, workforce and economic development, retired Oct. 1.

As vice chancellor, Hudson has been responsible for governmental relations, developing and implementing systemwide initiatives that focus on making the Oklahoma workforce more competitive, working with campus-based economic development activities and overseeing research programs. He is also responsible for OneNet, Oklahoma’s telecommunications network.

“Sid Hudson has been an advocate for the cause of education as a classroom teacher, a legislator and as a member of our senior staff at the State Regents,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “His knowledge, experience and dedication will truly be missed. His work has positively influenced generations of Oklahoma’s college students and we wish him well on all of his future endeavors.”

Hudson served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1986-92. In the Legislature, he served as chairman of the Rules Committee. Hudson spent his legislative efforts focused on education, economic development and the environment.

Before joining the Legislature, Hudson taught and coached at Lawton High School, which was his alma mater, and also served as an adjunct faculty member at Cameron University. Hudson is a graduate from the University of Oklahoma.