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Board Member Spotlight: Darryl Schmidt

Darryl Schmidt is CEO of BancFirst Corp. He has been an Oklahoma Academy board member since 2005 and served as Chairman in 2013 and 2014.

You’ve been on the Oklahoma Academy Board for many years. Why did you originally become involved with the organization?   

HE Rainbolt “encouraged” me to join.

What excites you the most about the Oklahoma Academy’s mission?

The idea of making Oklahoma a better place for Oklahomans to live and work.

What do you find most challenging about supporting the organization’s mission?

The incredibly slow pace over which public policy change takes place. 

What do you wish other people knew about the Oklahoma Academy?

The Academy has produced many tangible positive outcomes through its public policy efforts and many of those remain unknown by many Oklahomans. 

Jennifer Engleman | Jun 5, 2017

Message from the President: May 2017

In preparation for the Fall Town Hall "Oklahoma Votes...," we're holding listening sessions in each of our membership regions throughout the Summer. These outreach events include a 30 minute listening session that asks participants to identify what contributes to poor voter engagement in Oklahoma and share ideas about how to remedy the problem. The aggregate of all the sessions will be presented to Town Hall participants to give them a  broader understanding of how Oklahomans view the election process, voter access, and informed voter engagement.

We've already held two listening sessions in the metro OKC region, and we have sessions planned for Edmond, Eufaula, Enid, and Norman. Details for each of those events are below. If you would like to be involved in planning an event in your community, please contact your regional membership chair or our membership vice president Michael Gordon<...