Friday, April 8, 2011
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today announced she has appointed retired Major General Toney Stricklin of Lawton to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.
Stricklin is a retired U.S. Army officer and previously served on the State Board for Career and Technology Education and as chairman of the Information Technology Panel for the Oklahoma Economic Development Generating Excellence (EDGE) initiative. Both were gubernatorial appointments.
“Our colleges and universities are vital to producing the kind of skilled and educated workforce we need in order to compete globally. As governor, I’ll continue to support our higher education institutions while always looking for ways we can improve,” Fallin said. “As a former Army officer and longtime civic volunteer, Toney Stricklin is an experienced leader who will work to ensure our colleges and universities continue to provide a quality education for our students and help to build the skilled workforce our businesses need to succeed.”
Stricklin spent more than 32 years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, including serving as commanding general of the Army’s Field Artillery Center at Fort Sill. During his career, he served in a variety of command positions in the United States, Germany, Korea and Vietnam. Selected by the Secretary of the Army in 2008, Stricklin served a two-year term as civilian aide to the secretary of the Army for Oklahoma.
“I’m honored the governor has selected me to serve in her administration,” Stricklin said. “I share Governor Fallin’s commitment to supporting and improving our colleges and universities.”
He also served as vice chairman of military and government relations for the Lawton-Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He is chairman of the Military Liaison Committee for The State Chamber of Oklahoma.
Stricklin holds a master’s degree in international relations from Newport College and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Cameron University, where he was honored in 2006 as a distinguished alumnus.
Stricklin replaces Don Davis, an attorney from Lawton, on the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. Davis’ term has expired. Stricklin’s appointment requires Senate confirmation.