A different appointee from Gov. Kevin Stitt arrives to the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents from a business track record.
The governor announced Friday he picked Rick Braught, of Duncan, to fill a vacant seat on OU’s prime governing board, which also oversees Cameron College and Rogers Point out University.
Braught is the president of Investors Belief Co. He has led the Duncan-primarily based small business given that 1996.
He and his wife, Barbara, also own The Territory Golfing & State Club, a golfing class and household local community in Duncan.
An OU organization graduate, of both bachelor’s and master’s degree plans, Braught would fill an unexpired term ending March 21, 2023.
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Braught explained he is “honored” to be appointed.
“I believe enhancement in all facets of our state starts right with how nicely we put together our graduates to excel and guide in their selected fields,” he said in a statement.
This is Stitt’s second appointment to the OU regents in the past month.
The governor selected Inasmuch Foundation CEO Bob Ross on March 30 to serve a seven-yr time period. He succeeded retiring board chairperson Michael Cawley, who opted to move down at the time his phrase expired in March.
Pending approval by the state Senate, Braught would be the most recent of Stitt’s appointees to appear from a enterprise or finance-linked career, likewise to Cawley and regents Eric Stephenson, Anita Holloway and Rick Nagel.
“His solid business enterprise acumen will make him a terrific addition to the Board of Regents as we go on to assure OU is successfully equipping graduates with expertise that meet up with the requirements of our state’s workforce and economic system,” Stitt stated in asserting Braught’s appointment.
Braught’s seat was still left vacant by one more 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 monetary crimes.
He was the president of Claremore steel pole company Pelco Structural right until the enterprise 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 docket lawsuit the firm wrongfully fired him. The lawsuit, submitted in 2019, is continue to pending.
OU President Joseph Harroz Jr. reported 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 all through his time as a regent,” Stitt stated in a January statement.
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