After touring the state during the 2016 year sharing the recommendations from the 2015 Budget & Priorities Town Hall primarily and other recommendations from past Town Halls dealing with efficiencies, we saw that this approach increased interest in the Academy’s grassroots work. As we moved through our 30-city whistle stop tour, we shared many major public policy recommendations from prior work in the areas of health, criminal justice, the economy, and education that have been put into action. We came away realizing we have important priority public policy recommendations that need to be re-introdu...
Oklahoma Academy Board Member Spotlight
January 2017: Howard G. Barnett, Jr., President, OSU-Tulsa
You’ve been on the Oklahoma Academy Board for 27 years. Why did you originally become involved with the organization?
My then boss was a board member and I began attending our annual conferences starting in about 1986. I was then a classmate of Julie’s in Class II of Leadership Oklahoma and that led to my seeking a board seat. I have served on the Executive committee for the last 25 years, so the rest, as they say, is history.
What excites you the most about the Oklahoma Academy’s mission?
Citizen-made policy. I have always been a policy wonk and so I love the back and forth debates in the Town Halls. The Academy is unique is providing research to educate the grassroots and then letting them decide what is good policy. Unl...