Seminole County Resident Karen James has been appointed by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin to serve on the Seminole State College Board of Regent. She replaces Regent Kenneth Henderson who resigned from the Board in October, 2012.
(Media-Newswire.com) - Seminole County Resident Karen James has been appointed by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin to serve on the Seminole State College Board of Regent. She replaces Regent Kenneth Henderson who resigned from the Board in October, 2012.
The Governor has authorized James to serve with full membership powers and privileges acting on an interim basis pending confirmation by the Oklahoma State Senate. The unexpired term she fills will end July 1, 2016.
Dr. Jim Utterback, President of Seminole State College, said that James has been a long-time friend and supporter of the college. “Ms. James is an outstanding business and community leader who will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Board, as well a passion for education and this College. We are honored to have her as a member of the SSC Board of Regents. We commend Gov. Fallin on this fine appointment,” he said.
James is Executive Vice President and Regional Executive for BancFirst. She joined the BancFirst group of banks in 1976, and was a loan officer for BancFirst in Shawnee before being named president of BancFirst Seminole/Konawa. She was promoted to her current position of regional executive of BancFirst’s South Central Region in 1999. She oversees 14 BancFirst markets with assets totaling $820 million.
A graduate of Prague High School, she attended then Seminole Junior College and has been inducted into the College’s Alumni Hall of Fame. She received a bachelor’s degree in business from East Central University and was named “General Business Student of the Year” in 1993. She received a master’s of business administration from Oklahoma City University.
James has been active in community and civic affairs in several towns as well as in state organizations. She is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma – Class VII – and serves on the Executive Committee of the Leadership Oklahoma Governing Board. James has served as a board member for Rural Enterprises of Oklahoma, Inc. ( REI ) since 2005, and is currently chair of the organization’s Board of Directors. She is a past President of the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum Governing Board.
She was named Seminole’s “Citizen of the Year” in 1998. In 2011, James was honored as one of “50 Making a Difference” by the Journal Record in their “Woman of the Year” recognition program.
The Seminole State College Board of Regents consists of seven Regents. Members of the Board are appointed by the governor for seven-year terms. The Regents serve as the College’s governing body and have the supervision and management responsibilities for the College.
Other members of the Board, listed by order of appointment include: Jeff Miller of McAlester; David Wilson of Seminole; Marilyn Bradford of Shawnee; Leesa Adams of Shawnee; Mike Ervin of Wewoka; and Marci Donaho of Seminole.
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