Governor taps business executive from Ohio to OU Regents
The Associated Press - March 2, 2019 8:47 am
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Oklahoma’s new Gov. Kevin Stitt tapped an Ohio businessman for the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents, following through on his plan to appoint an African-American member to help oversee a university rocked by racist incidents in recent years.
Stitt announced Friday he had picked Eric Stevenson, the senior vice president of Nationwide Retirement Plans. Stevenson is a native of Wagoner, Oklahoma, and received his bachelor’s degree from OU and a master’s from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
OU students demanded more faculty and staff diversity during a January campus rally after two white students were involved in a video in which one of the women wore blackface and used a racial slur.
That incident followed a 2015 video showing members of a fraternity participating in a racist chant.