President’s Council of Advisors

The President’s Council of Advisors was formed by President Don Betz in 2012 to serve as a body of counselors that advises UCO on its role in the Metropolitan area of Oklahoma City.  The Metro consists of seven counties with 1.4 million residents, with a diverse mixture of communities, neighborhoods, economic and social groups, as well as industry clusters and a vibrant governmental sector.

PCOA members include CEOs or senior executives from such diverse areas as business, industry, non-profits, PK-16 education, community organizations, government, as well as volunteer and religious organizations.

The PCOA meets three times each year.  Its members have advised UCO’s leadership on its strategic plan, Vision 2020; academic program array; recommendations for new academic offerings to serve the metro; internships; and the public service and outreach role of UCO.

PCOA Members:

Ann

Ackerman

President and CEO, Oklahoma Business Roundtable

Randy

Allen

President and CEO, MidCon, Inc

Rita

Aragon

Community Leader

Ruben  

Aragon

Latino Community Leader

Michael 

Carolina

Executive Director, OCAST

Jill

Castilla

President and CEO, Citizens Bank of Edmond

David

Castillo

Executive Director, Greater OKC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Gary  

Cox, JD

Executive Director, OKC City-County Health Department

Liz

Eickman

Director, Kirkpatrick Family Fund

Tom 

Friedemann

Superintendent/CEO, Francis Tuttle Technical Center

Rául

Font

President, Latino Community Development Agency

Tom

Friedemann

Superintendent and CEO, Francis Tuttle Technology Center

Mark

Funke

President, Southwest Division, Simmons Bank

Judy

Hatfield

Principal, Equity Commerical Realty

Steve 

Hill

Chief of Staff, to Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt

Melissa

Houston

Oklahoma Labor Commissioner

Baha

Jassemnejad

Sr. Electric Engineer, FAA

Sherry

Jordan

President, Edmond Chamber of Commerce

Bruce 

Katz

Co-Founder, The New Localism Advisors

Rebecca

Kaye

Chief of Staff, Oklahoma City Public Schools

Julie

Knutson

President and CEO, Oklahoma Academy

Dave

Lopez

 Community Leader

Ed

Martin

Chairman, Ackerman McQueen

Ryan

Martinez

Member, Oklahoma House of Representatives 

Ken 

Miller

VP, Regulatory and State Government Affairs, OGE Energy Corporation

Fred

Morgan

President and CEO, The State Chamber of Oklahoma

Mike

Osborn

Member, Oklahoma House of Representatives

Marion

Paden

President and CEO, Leadership Oklahoma

Ken

Parker

Co-Founder and CEO, NextThought

Adam Pugh Member, Oklahoma State Senate

Mark

Stansberry

Chairman, The GTD Group

Jerry

Steward

President, OCCC

Gena

Timberman

Principal and Founder, The Luksi Group

Bret

Towne

Superintendent of Schools, Edmond Public Schools

Garland

Wilkinson

Senior Executive Vice President, Midfirst Bank

Roy

Williams

President and CEO, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce

David 

Woods

CEO, Magellan Executive Partners

Allen 

Wright

VP, Public & Government Affairs, Devon Energy Corporation

George

Young, Sr.

Member, Oklahoma State Senate