Presidential Advisory Council


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.  It 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 2015:

Ann Ackerman CEO, Leadership Oklahoma
Randy Allen President and CEO, MidCon, Inc
Rita Aragon Major General (ret'd)



Community Leader

Gary   Cox, JD Executive Director, OKC-COunty Health Department


Douglas Community Leader
Liz Eickman Director, Kirkpatrick Family Fund
Tom  Friedemann Superintendent/CEO, Francis Tuttle Technical Center
Mark Funke President and CEO, Southwest Bancorp, Inc.
Jesse Cowan President, Edmond Division, Southwest Bancorp, Inc.
David  Goin Superintendent of Edmond Public Schools
Chuck  Harrison Mason-Harrison-Ratliff Enterprises
Ray Hibbard Editor & Publisher, Edmond Life & Leisure
Steve  Hill Chief of Staff, to Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett
Julie Knutson President and CEO, Oklahoma Academy
Charles  Lamb Mayor, City of Edmond
Bruce Lawrence President and CEO, Integris Health
Ed Martin Chairman, Ackerman McQueen
Ken  Miller Oklahoma State Treasurer
Fred Morgan President and CEO, The State Chamber of OKlahoma
Dana Murphy Commissioner, Oklahoma Corporation Commission


Neu Superintendent, Oklahoma City Public Schools
Claudia   San Pedro   VP, Investor Relations, Communications Sonic Drive-In Corporation
Paul  Sechrist President, Oklahoma City Community College
Mark Stansberry Chairman, The GTD Group
Doug Terry Attorney - Nelson, Terry, Roselius, Morton
Gena Timberman Vitali Attorney - Odom, Sparks and Jones, PLLC
Garland Wilkinson Senior Executive Vice President, Midfirst Bank
Roy Williams President and CEO, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
David  Woods CEO, Giant Partners
Allen  Wright VP, Public & Government Affairs, Devon Energy Corporation
Dr. George Young, Sr. Member, Oklahoma House of Representatives