Wednesday, May 18, 2011
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today announced appointments to the board of regents for Rose State College, Northern Oklahoma College and Redlands Community College. The Oklahoma State Senate confirmed the nominees on Tuesday.
“These nominees are leaders in their respective fields and bring with them a commitment to ensuring our colleges and universities continue to provide a quality education to our students,” Fallin said.
Tracey Wills, Redlands Community College
Tracey Wills of Edmond is appointed to the Board of Regents for Redlands Community College. She is founder of The Wills Group, a company that specializes in health-care related business ventures.
Wills is a member of the Oklahoma chapter of the International Women’s Forum and the Women’s Presidents Organization. She also serves on the advisory board of First Liberty Bank in Oklahoma City.
In the past, Will has worked with the Redlands Community College Foundation and helped raise significant financial support for the foundation.
Wills is a registered nurse and graduate of Redlands Community College. She will serve a seven-year term and will replace Billy Pope.
Keith James, Northern Oklahoma College
Keith James of Enid is reappointed to the Board of Regents for Northern Oklahoma College. He operates JKJ Real Estate and Auction Company and has a farming and ranching operation in the Pond Creek area.
James has served on the Northern Oklahoma College regents since 1995. He was first appointed by Governor Frank Keating and reappointed twice by Governor Brad Henry.
He is active with Oklahoma Future Farmers of America and is a member of the Oklahoma State Auctioneers Association. He previously served on the Pond Creek–Hunter school board.
James is a graduate of Oklahoma State University. He will serve a five-year term.
Russell Smith, Rose State College
Russell Smith of Midwest City is appointed to the Board of Regents for Rose State College. He owns and operates Loudean Properties, a real estate development company.
Smith previously served as mayor of Midwest City. During his tenure, he served as secretary treasurer of the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments and on the board of directors of both the Oklahoma Conference of Mayors and the Oklahoma Municipal League.
He currently serves on the boards of the Midwest Regional Medical Center, Mid–Del Group Homes, and the Rose State College Foundation.
Smith earned an associate’s degree from Rose State College and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma. He will serve a seven-year term and will replace James Howell.