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...
Dr. Mickey Hepner is an economist and Dean of the University of Central Oklahoma?s College of Business. His research has been published by several national policy think tanks including the Urban Institute, the Heritage Foundation, and the Cato Institute. In Oklahoma, he serves on the Boards of Directors for the Oklahoma Academy and the Oklahoma Council for Economic Education. In 2007, he was named the Oklahoma Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Dr. Hepner has a keen understanding of both the issues facing Oklahoma and the mission of the Oklahoma Academy. He has been instrumental in successfully carrying-out a number of Town Halls and implementing the resulting recommendations. We're are proud to feature Dr. Hepner in our December 2016 Spotlight!
December 2016 Board Member Spotlight: Mickey Hepner, Ph.D., Dean of the UCO College of Business