One more appointee from Gov. Kevin Stitt arrives to the College of Oklahoma Board of Regents from a business enterprise history.
The governor declared Friday he picked Rick Braught, of Duncan, to fill a vacant seat on OU’s leading governing board, which also oversees Cameron University and Rogers Point out College.
Braught is the president of Traders Rely on Co. He has led the Duncan-based business since 1996.
He and his wife, Barbara, also individual The Territory Golfing & Place Club, a golfing program and residential group in Duncan.
An OU small business graduate, of the two bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, Braught would fill an unexpired phrase ending March 21, 2023.
Braught stated he is “honored” to be appointed.
“I believe improvement in all facets of our state starts immediately with how effectively we get ready our graduates to excel and lead in their chosen fields,” he said in a statement.
The governor selected Inasmuch Basis CEO Bob Ross on March 30 to provide a 7-calendar year term. He succeeded retiring board chairperson Michael Cawley, who opted to step down after his time period expired in March.
Pending acceptance by the state Senate, Braught would be the most current of Stitt’s appointees to appear from a business or finance-linked occupation, likewise to Cawley and regents Eric Stephenson, Anita Holloway and Rick Nagel.
“His solid enterprise acumen will make him a marvelous addition to the Board of Regents as we keep on to make certain OU is efficiently equipping graduates with expertise that meet the requirements of our state’s workforce and financial system,” Stitt stated in announcing Braught’s appointment.
Braught’s seat was left vacant by a different 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 money crimes.
He was the president of Claremore metal pole maker Pelco Structural right up until the company fired in him 2019. The firm afterwards accused him in court docket documents of fraud, embezzlement and breach of fiduciary duty.
Albert alleged in a Rogers County District Court lawsuit the corporation wrongfully fired him. The lawsuit, filed in 2019, is nonetheless pending.
OU President Joseph Harroz Jr. said Albert confirmed an “ardent passion” for the college.
Stitt also was complimentary of Albert adhering to the regent’s resignation.
“Phil Albert served the College of Oklahoma very well during his time as a regent,” Stitt reported in a January statement.
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