OU Board of Regents Elects Bennett, Humphreys as Officers
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OKLAHOMA CITY – Clayton I. Bennett of Oklahoma City has been elected as chairman of the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents and Kirk Humphreys of Oklahoma City has been elected as vice chairman of the board.
Bennett was appointed to the Board of Regents by Gov. Mary Fallin in 2011 for a seven-year term. He serves as president of Dorchester Capital, a diversified private investment company, and chairman of the Oklahoma City Thunder, a franchise of the National Basketball Association. Since its arrival in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder has achieved significant success on and off the court. That includes five Northwest Division titles, four trips to the Western Conference Finals and one appearance in the NBA Finals. The team has sold out nearly 300 consecutive home games and in 2013 was named the Sports Team of the Year by the Sports Business Journal. Thunder players have made approximately 2,000 appearances in the community as part of the Thunder Cares program. The team has also refurbished or built 15 basketball courts in communities across Oklahoma.
Highly involved in civic and charitable efforts, Bennett has served as chairman of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, the Oklahoma State Fair, Oklahoma Industries Authority, the Oklahoma Heritage Association and the Oklahoma Health Center Foundation. Bennett serves as a director of the Oklahoma City Industrial and Cultural Facilities Trust, the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, and the Native American Cultural and Educational Authority of Oklahoma.
Bennett also serves as Chairman of the Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Reform Task Force, seeking solutions in the areas of Oklahoma County Jail overcrowding, treatment of mental illness and substance abuse, and other contributors to increases in incarceration that have an impact on Oklahoma City's public safety and quality of life.
In 1997, Bennett was presented the Economic Development Citizen Leadership Award by the National Council of Urban Economic Development. In 2007, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, and in 2008 was named “Oklahoman of the Year” by Oklahoma Today magazine. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.
Humphreys was appointed to the Board of Regents by Fallin in 2012 for a seven-year term. He is chairman of The Humphreys Company, an Oklahoma City-based boutique real estate development firm. From 1972 until 1989, he and his brothers built a distribution company that provided beauty products and other non-food merchandise to retailers nationwide. Since that time, he has been active in real estate development. Humphreys served on the Putnam City School Board from 1987 through 1995 and was twice elected mayor of Oklahoma City, serving from 1998 through 2003. Under his leadership, the city completed the historic MAPS Plan, which dramatically revitalized the downtown area. In 2001, he led the effort that resulted in the approval of MAPS for Kids, a sweeping $690 million revitalization of the city’s public schools. He is a former trustee of the Urban Land Institute and serves on the board of OGE Energy Corp. Humphreys is a 1972 graduate of OU.
Chris A. Purcell of Norman was elected to serve as the board’s executive secretary and vice president for university governance. Purcell, who has been re-elected each year since 1992, also serves as secretary of OU, Cameron University and Rogers State University. She was selected in 2005 by OU’s Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education as one of “75 Who Made A Difference” as well as being honored with the Walter Neustadt and with the UOSA Outstanding Administrator awards. In 2014, the Norman Chamber of Commerce selected Purcell as the recipient of their Women’s Leadership Award, and in 2012, she was honored by The Journal Record among 50 Making a Difference in Oklahoma. In addition to her other duties, she teaches courses in adult education, higher education and human relations. She earned her Bachelor of Arts, Master’s in Education and doctoral degrees, all from OU.