Cameron’s Political Science Forum to focus on southwest Oklahoma’s economic, political growth

Cameron University's Political Science Forum takes a look at "The Way Forward: How to Promote Southwest Oklahoma's Economic and Political Growth," on Wednesday, March 25 from Noon - 1:30 p.m. in the Shepler Ballroom. The panel discussion will focus on how the southwestern part of the state can strengthen its economic and political profile as compared to state and federal government. Panel participants are Brian Campbell, Chief Executive Officer of the Chickasaw Nation Division of Commerce (CNDC); Jeff Cloud, Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner; retired U.S. Army General Dave Ralston, Director of Government Relations of Stanley Associates, Inc. and a member of the Oklahoma Military Strategic Planning Commission; Randy Segler, Chief Executive Officer of the Comanche County Hospital Authority; and Billy Taylor, Plant Manager, Goodyear Tires. Dr. Tony Wohlers, Assistant Professor of Political Science, will serve as moderator.

This presentation of CU's Political Science Forum provides a timely opportunity to understand the economic and political role of southwest Oklahoma and to discuss strategies to move forward in vital policy areas. To foster debate and understanding, the panel discussion welcomes students, staff, faculty, and members from the community.

As Chief Executive Officer of the Chickasaw Nation Division of Commerce (CNDC), Brian Campbell is responsible for the management of all commercial business enterprises of the Chickasaw Nation. He serves as Chairman of the Board for several business enterprises of the Chickasaw Nation, including Solara Healthcare, LLP; RSE Enterprises, Inc. and Global Gaming Solutions, LLC.  He also serves on the board of directors for Chickasaw Nation Industries, comprised of 12 companies offering products and services in the fields of technology, administrative services, medical services, construction and manufacturing. Campbell is also a member of the Chickasaw Nation Tax Commission, Southeastern Oklahoma State University's School of Business Advisory Board, Ada Water Resources Board, Chickasaw Tribal Utility Authority Board of Directors, Chickasaw Nation 401(K) Board of Trustees, and Water Quality Management Council for the State of Oklahoma.

Jeff Cloud is in his second term on the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, where he served as chairman from June 2005 through December 2008. He is a member of the Electricity Committee for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), the Advisory Boards for the Center for Public Utilities at New Mexico State University, the Legal and Regulatory Committee of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC), and the Regional State Committee of the Southwest Power Pool. He also serves on the Oklahoma Employees Retirement System Board of Trustees. He was named a Fellow for the Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowship, which brings together the nation's emerging leaders to discuss broad issues of democratic governance and effective public service.

Following more than 32 years as a commissioned office in the U.S. Army, Dave Ralston retired from active service in December 2007 as a Major General. During his Army career, he served in a variety of command and staff positions throughout the United States, Germany, The Netherlands, and Kosovo. As an Army General Officer, he was assigned as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Intelligence, Kosovo Force; Deputy Commanding General for Training and Assistant Commandant, United States Army Field Artillery Center and Fort Sill; and Director of Force Management, Office of Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans, Headquarters Department of the Army. In August 2005, he assumed the role of Commanding General, United States Army Field Artillery Center and Fort Sill, a command responsible for the training and organization of the United States Army Field Artillery forces worldwide. Ralston currently serves as Director for Government Relations for Stanley Associates Inc. In 2007, he was appointed to the Oklahoma Military Strategic Planning Commission.

Randy Segler is the Chief Executive Officer of the Comanche County Hospital Authority; he has been at Comanche County Memorial Hospital (CCMH) since 1992, serving as CEO since 1997. He obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 1975 and a Master's Degree in Health Care Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, in 1977. Prior to CCMH, Segler served as the Chief Operating Officer for hospitals in Colorado, Texas and Wisconsin.  He has held numerous offices and served on various committees of both civic and health related organizations, including Chairman of the Oklahoma Hospital Association in 2003. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the Oklahoma Hospital Association in 2008 for his contributions to hospitals and health care in Oklahoma.  He is also a Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives.

 Billy Taylor's 20 year career in production management resulted in his appointment as plant manager of Goodyear's North American tire plant in Lawton in December 2006. The plant, which specializes in high-performance tires and has a workforce of 2,700 employees, is the largest single producer of tires in the world, turning out 65,000 tires a day. Taylor joined Goodyear in 1989 at the Freeport, IL, plant, where he held several production management positions, including area manager, production specialist, manufacturing team leader and business center manager. He is a permanent member of the board of directors for the Lawton/Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce and is also a board member of the United Way of Lawton.

The Political Science Forum is sponsored by the School of Liberal Arts, CETES, and the Department of History and Government.

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March 13, 2009
PR#09-072