Dr. Larry Rice is president of Rogers State University in Claremore. He has served his community and state in various leadership and service roles, including as a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1991 to 2004. He has been involved with the Oklahoma Academy for nearly three decades, has contributed innumerable hours to the betterment and success of the organization, and served as the Chairman in 2006. We are proud to feature Larry Rice in our December Board Member Spotlight.
November 2016 Board Member Spotlight: Larry Rice, Ph.D., President of Rogers State University
You?ve been on the Oklahoma Academy Board for 28+ years. Why did you originally become involved with the organization?
As a newly elected legislator, I needed to network, be informed of state issues and meet important business, industry and state leaders.
What excites you the most about the Oklahoma Academy?s mission?
No other entity does it better! Great results!
What do you find most challenging about supporting the organization?s mission?
Trying to get individuals and business leaders to understand the Academy?s mission and the urgency to be involved and financial support.
What do you wish other people knew about the Oklahoma Academy?
It truly is making a positive difference in Oklahoma?s public policy and quality of life.
How do you think the Oklahoma Academy helps improve our state?s landscape?
Informed leaders/decision makers can make intelligent decisions/decisive actions based upon the Academy?s work to improve the quality of life for all Oklahomans.
In your opinion, what Town Hall topic has been the most important or interesting?
This is difficult, but I would have to select 2010 Town Hall on Water.
You have been very involved with Oklahoma Academy events over the years; which is most memorable?
Establishing the Henry Bellmon Legacy Fund.
As you look ahead to the next several years, what do you see for the Oklahoma Academy?
Continued success with greater citizen involvement.
What public policy issue do you think is most important for Oklahoma and/or would you like to see the Oklahoma Academy take on?
Importance of a strong, well-funded public education system accessible for all Oklahomans.
What is your hope for the Oklahoma Academy in the future?
Strong financial security, continued strong non-partisan support, fearless public policy debate and implementation.
You can read Larry's full bio here.