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Foundation Trustees

Diane Hunter

Dianne Hunter

Chair

Development Committee

Audit Committee

Dianne Lynn Hunter was born in Hinton, OK on November 7th, 1949. She attended Hinton Elementary School before her family moved to Weatherford, where she attended Weatherford Junior and Senior High. After putting herself through college, working as a hairstylist, Hunter graduated in 1986 from Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) earning a bachelor’s degree in English along with a minor in art. Hunter then set her eyes on earning a master’s degree in education which she finished in 1990 at SWOSU. Hunter moved from Weatherford, OK in 1991 and became a Flight Attendant for American Airlines based in New York, NY from 1992 to 1998. Dianne returned to Oklahoma in 1998 and is currently the practice administrator of the Oklahoma City Ear, Nose & Throat Clinic at St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City. Hunter is married to Dr. Paul David Hunter and lives in Edmond, OK. They have three grown children and two grandchildren. Hunter was instrumental in her husband’s campaign in 2006 when he ran for the U.S. House of Representatives for Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District.


George Cohlmia

George Cohlmia

1st Vice-Chair

Chair of Investment Committee

Finance Committee

George Cohlmia is currently a Managing Director  Investments at Wells Fargo Advisors. He is also a long-term member of the Investment Management Consultant’s Association and past member of the Southwest Benefits Association. A native of Fairview, OK, Cohlmia graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 1974. In addition to serving on the Southwestern Oklahoma State University Foundation Board, Cohlmia is also a board member of the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City. He has previously served as an elected member and past President of the Edmond Public Schools Board of Education, former President of Quail Creek Golf and Country Club Board, Vice Chairman of the Port Authority of the Greater Oklahoma City, and the Executive Council of the Jim Thorpe Association. Cohlmia is also a former board member at St. Elijah Orthodox Christian Church, where his grandfather served as the second priest of the parish from 1938 – 1958. Interestingly, his wife's great-grandfather was the first priest. Cohlmia and Karla were married in 1981 and have two remarkable children - Dr. Adam (Alexandra) and Kasey  plus two exceptional grandchildren  all active members at St. Elijah. George is an avid golfer, ardent reader and devoted Thunder fan that enjoys traveling and life at the lake with his large extended family and wide circle of friends.


Bryan Evans

Brian Evans

2nd Vice-Chair

Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee

Properties Committee, Development Committee

Bryan Evans was born and raised in Weatherford, OK. He graduated as valedictorian from Weatherford High School and went on to serve as student body president at Southwestern Oklahoma State University where he received his undergraduate degrees. He earned the Presidential Leadership Award from President Bill Clinton for his community and public involvement. Before and after college, he was active in various state and federal political campaigns before serving as the 1998 organizational director of Congressman Frank Lucas' congressional campaign. Evans attended the University of Oklahoma's College of Law as a Comfort Fellow where he graduated with honors. He is currently a partner with Evans & Davis and licensed to practice law in various state and federal courts throughout Oklahoma, Texas and Arizona. Evans is a member of the American Bar Association, the Oklahoma Bar Association, the Texas Bar Association and the Arizona Bar Association. The firm and Evans are both members of various several chambers and various business development groups. Evans regularly teaches educational classes to lawyers, financial planners and insurance professionals in the areas of estate planning and trusts. He also recently ended a six-year tenure as an executive board member for the Edmond Public Schools Foundation, donates regularly to the organization, and recently served as its president. Evans currently serves on various community boards including OU Medical Center Edmond, as well as BancFirst Edmond. Evans is a member of the 2nd Century Donor Society with the University of Oklahoma's College of Law. Evans is also very active in his local community, he has coached soccer and baseball at the YMCA, regularly volunteers with the local schools, and serves as a Watch Dog Dad at his children’s school. In 2014, Evans was awarded The Tayo Fichtl Young Professional of the Year Award. Evans & Davis provides estate planning and corporate legal service to clients from their Oklahoma office located in downtown Edmond, as well as their Dallas office located in Highland Park and Tulsa office located near Utica Square. Evans considers his most successful business achievement the creation of a successful and thriving law practice that employs 20 attorneys and staff. Evans and the firm place an equal emphasis on high quality legal services and commitment to the community. Evans feels that he has a duty to give back to the communities that have given so much to his family and business. Evans has been married to his wife, Erika, since 1998. They have twin daughters, Elle and Emma, and a son, JD.


Debbie Shepherd

Debbie Shepherd

Secretary

Chair of the Properties Committee

Audit Committee, Development Committee

Debbie Shepherd has been in the insurance business for 22 years. She is a 1980 graduate of SWOSU where she earned her education degree. She grew up in Mangum but has lived in Weatherford with her husband, Darell, since her college days.


E. Vann Greer Andrews

E. Vann Greer Andrews

Treasurer

Chair of Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee

Development Committee

E. Vann Greer Andrews is known by friends as “Pee Wee." She grew up on a farm near Waukomis, OK, where she graduated high school. After learning all there is to know about milking cows and cleaning out the chicken house, Pee Wee decided to pursue a higher education. She came to SWOSU majoring in chemistry and biology and attained her bachelor’s degree in 1960. Before graduating, she was accepted to dental college at Washington University in St. Louis. She graduated in June 1963, cum laude, and was selected for membership in Omicron Kappa Upsilon. As a senior dental student, she applied and was accepted at Washington University as their first female orthodontic student. Her formal orthodontic education was completed in the spring of 1965. After a short stint in the lone star state of Texas, Dr. Greer opened her practice in Oklahoma City in the summer of 1966. That same year she joined the staff of the Dental department at Children’s Memorial Hospital and Saint Anthony Hospital, which had dental interns, and the staff orthodontist did some minor treatment and consultations. She continues to do this currently. She was the only woman dental specialist in the state for the first 16 years of her practice which has offices in northwest Oklahoma City, Edmond and Kingfisher. Andrews is involved in the state orthodontic and local dental society, various councils and committees, and held officer positions in these. She received her American Board of Orthodontics certification in 1975, was inducted as a Fellow in the American College in 1979, and the International College of Dentists in 1996. She served on the AAO Insurance Council from 1988 to 1996 and served as a delegate to the House of Delegates from the Southwestern Society of Orthodontists in 1989. She represented Oklahoma on the SWSO Board for five years and served a three-year term as Speaker of the House of the AAO (2000  03) which also was a nonvoting member of the Board of Trustees of the American Association of Orthodontists. She married Jim Andrews December 30, 1971. He is retired from Ohio Casualty Insurance Group. They have a farming business in Garfield County (no milk cows or chickens!).


Carl Hook

Carl Hook

Past Chair

Ex-Officio, All Committees

Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee, Investment Committee

Dr. Carl Hook was raised in Weatherford and is a 1967 graduate of SWOSU with degrees in chemistry, zoology and mathematics. He received his MD from the University of Oklahoma in 1970. Dr. Hook has 38 years of medical experience as an otolaryngologist and is the president and CEO of Physicians Liability Insurance Company. Dr. Hook is a trustee of the SWOSU Foundation and a member of the SWOSU Alumni Association. He and his wife, Sandra, have two children: Kevin Hook and Cori Hook Loomis.


Philip Busey, Jr.

Philip Busey Jr.

Trustee

Chair of Development Committee

Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee, Finance Committee

Philip Busey Jr., is responsible for the marketing, public relations, and government affairs for Delaware Resource Group of Oklahoma, LLC (DRG), a defense contractor based in Oklahoma City. He also coordinates new business development opportunities and procurement. DRG is one of the largest defense contractors based in the region. The company provides training, courseware development, distance learning capabilities and simulator maintenance services for modern military aircraft, surveillance and radar systems. He has a Master of Liberal Arts in Leadership and Management from Oklahoma City University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts from SWOSU. The Journal Record honored Philip Busey Jr., in 2008 as an “Achiever Under 40.” In 2009, he was named to Oklahoma Magazine’s “40 Under 40” and OKC Biz Magazine's “Forty Under 40.” He was also honored in 2009, by the National Center for the American Indian Enterprise Development as a Native American 40 under 40 making a difference nationally in Indian Country. The Business Times of Edmond named Busey Jr. "20 Under Forty" in 2010. He serves on numerous civic boards and organizations including the Board of Directors for the Alumni Association of Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Oklahoma and the Cherokee National Historical Society in Tahlequah, OK. In 2009, he served as chairman of the Oklahoma City Chapter of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce. From 2010 to 2013, he served as chairman of the advisory council for the WINS (Washington Internship for Native Students) at the American University in Washington, DC. In 2013 Busey Jr. received the SWOSU Alumni Association Presidential Service Award. Philip was born and raised in Oklahoma City and graduated from Putnam City North High School. Married Heather Ratcliffe of Weatherford in 2004. They have one son, Phil "Griffin” Busey born in 2013. Heather received her undergraduate degree from SWOSU and master’s degree from Oklahoma City University.


Everett Dobson

Everett Dobson

Trustee

Everett Dobson currently serves as Chief Executive Officer for Dobson Technologies. He was born in Guthrie, OK, and grew up in Cheyenne, OK. He attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics. In 1989, with the help of family-owned Dobson Telephone Company, he founded Dobson Communications Corporation (DCC). Dobson served in many capacities during his tenure at DCC: general manager, secretary, president, chief operating officer, chief executive officer, and chairman of the Board of Directors. DCC was sold to AT&T in November 2007 for $5.1 billion enterprise which included $2.8 billion equity market capital. At the time of the sale, the company was operating in 17 states, producing $1.6 billion in revenue and more than $500 million in operating cash flow, had 3,000 employees and 1.6 million subscribers. Dobson has been a member of the board of directors for the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum since 2000 and served as chairman of the board in 2012 and 2013. He has served his alma mater as a member of the SWOSU Foundation Board of Trustees since 1992 and is a SWOSU Distinguished Alumnus. Dobson served on the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA) board of directors from 1996 until 2007. Dobson and his wife live in Oklahoma City and have been married for 29 years. They have three daughters and four grandchildren.


Juan Garcia

Juan Garcia

Trustee

Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee

Scholarships & Grants Committee

Juan Garcia (SWOSU Class of 2002) is a former Custer County assistant district attorney and is presently an attorney in private practice in the areas of criminal defense, family laws, juvenile, divorce, civil, and immigration, Visa and naturalization. 


Michael Hart

Michael Hart

Trustee

Finance Committee

Development Committee

Michael Hart (SWOSU Class of 2006) is brokerage development manager for the western United States with American Fidelity.


Brice W. Harris

Brice W. Harris

Trustee

Chair of Scholarships & Grants Committee

Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee

Brice W. Harris was unanimously selected as Chancellor of the California Community Colleges by the system’s Board of Governors and began his tenure in November of 2012. Prior to being selected as the leader of the largest system of higher education in the nation, Harris served 16 years as chancellor of the Los Rios Community College District in the Sacramento region, president of Fresno City College and a faculty member and vice chancellor in the Kansas City, MO community college system. Dr. Harris has spent his career working to improve student success and access in American community colleges. While with Los Rios, he was instrumental in leading successful initiatives that improved student success. He also led the charge to expand access for thousands of students by overseeing the establishment of the district’s fourth college, Folsom Lake, and developing five additional educational centers in underserved areas of the region. Harris understands the important connection between community colleges and the economy and currently serves as a member of the board of the California Chamber of Commerce. As an active member of the business community, he chaired the Sacramento Area Commerce and Trade Organization (SACTO), was the first educator to serve as president of the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and served as chairman of the board of the Northern California World Trade Center. Harris is also a recognized leader on national education issues currently serving on the board of the American Council on Education (ACE) in Washington, D.C. He is past chairman of the board of the California Community College Chief Executive Officers, member of the Board of the American Association of Community Colleges and a former commissioner of the Accrediting Commission of Community and Junior Colleges. Harris is also active in the arts having served on the board of the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, as board president of the Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra, and a board member of the Kansas City Museum. Harris studied at the Harvard University Institute of Educational Management, received his doctorate in education at Nova Southeastern University, his master's in communication from the University of Arkansas, and his bachelor's in communication from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. He was named “Sacramentan of the Year” for 2010 by the Sacramento Metro Chamber, and was recently honored as the “Humanitarian of the Year” by United Cerebral Palsy of Sacramento. Harris resides in Fair Oaks with his wife Barbara, who is an elementary educator. The couple has three adult children who live in California.


Lynda L. Lucas

Lynda L. Lucas

Trustee

Scholarships & Grants Committee

Properties Committee

Lynda (Bradshaw) Lucas was born and raised in Cheyenne, OK. After graduating from Cheyenne High School, Lucas studied Elementary Education at SWOSU, graduating in the summer of 1981. Lucas continues to be involved with the SWOSU campus community and is an enthusiastic supporter of university programming focused on Oklahoma and tribal history and studies. Lucas and her husband, Frank, farm and ranch in northern Roger Mills County, Oklahoma. Lucas serves as president of the Roger Mills County Cattlemen’s Association and on the Board of Directors of the Roger Mills County Free Fair. She is an active member of the First Baptist Church of Cheyenne where she sings in the choir and sits on the Activities Committee. Lucas is also a longtime supporter of the Washita Battlefield National Historic Site and the Black Kettle National Grassland. Lucas and Frank are the proud parents of Jessica, Ashlea, and Grant, and the proud grandparents of Lauren and Tristan.


Bruce Magill

Bruce Magill

Trustee

Investment Committee

Bruce Magill (Class of 1970) studied accounting at SWOSU and is the founder of Magill Insurance and Real Estate in Weatherford. He has served in numerous capacities with the Weatherford Area Economic Development Foundation, Weatherford Industrial Trust, and Weatherford Kiwanis Club. He has served as treasurer of the Federated Church for 40 years. In 2007, Magill served as chair of the Independent Insurance Agents of Oklahoma Board of Directors. Magill and his wife, Terry, are parents of three and grandparents of seven.


Nelson Sims

Nelson Sims

Trustee

Investment Committee

Development Committee, Scholarships & Grants Committee

Nelson Sims is a corporate director with more than 35 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Sims served as an executive with Eli Lilly and Company (a global pharmaceutical company) for 29 years prior to his retirement in 2001. His assignments included president of Eli Lily Canada, from 1991- 1999, where he also was elected chairman of the board for the Pharmaceutical Manufactures Association. From 2003 – 2005, Sims was president and CEO of Novavax (a biopharmaceutical company). He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of MDS and chairman of the board of directors of Aastrom Biosciences. Sims also serves on several not-for-profit boards. He and his wife, Janie, also a 1971 SWOSU graduate, have been generous donors to SWOSU and have established a scholarship in their names. They are the parents of two children.


Judy (Smalley) Wilkes

Judy (Smalley) Wilkes

Trustee

Audit Committee

Finance Committee

Judy (Smalley) Wilkes (SWOSU Class of 1976) is a certified public accountant and chief financial officer of Arrow Industrial Equipment and Southwestern Paint Panels. 


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