Oklahoma State Regent for Higher Education Toney Stricklin will deliver the commencement address to Cameron University’s Class of 2012. The annual graduation ceremony is slated for Friday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Cameron Stadium. Following his address, CU’s 2012 graduates will receive their diplomas. A fireworks display will cap off the occasion. The public is invited to attend.
“We are honored to feature State Regent Stricklin at Cameron’s 2012 Commencement ceremony,” says Cameron President Cindy Ross. “His exemplary leadership and service will encourage our graduates, while his extraordinary accomplishments will inspire them.”
State Regent Stricklin earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Cameron University in 1975. He also holds a Master of Arts in International Relations.
State Regent Stricklin served more than 32 years as a commissioned officer in the United States Army, retiring from active service as a Major General in August 2001. Over the course of his Army career, he served in a variety of command and staff positions throughout the United States, Germany, Korea, and Vietnam. He served as Deputy Commanding General for Training and Assistant Commandant, United States Army Field Artillery Center and Fort Sill; Director of Requirements, Office of Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans, Headquarters Department of the Army; and as Commanding General, United States Army Field Artillery Center and Fort Sill.
He is Chairman and principal owner of TDRS, LLC, a private consulting firm specializing in the Department of Defense business sector. State Regent Stricklin is also President of Heartland Defense Industries, a defense-related firm that is owned by TDRS, LLC.
State Regent Stricklin has a long and distinguished career of service and leadership. He is currently Chairman of the Military Liaison Committee for The State Chamber of Oklahoma and also serves as Chairman of the Lawton Metropolitan Area Airport Authority. He is a member of the Association of the United States Army.
Previous service includes the State Board for Career and Technology Education and Chairman of the Information Technology Panel for the Oklahoma Economic Development Generating Enterprise initiative. He was also a member of the Oklahoma congressional delegation to testify before the regional BRAC commission regarding the relocation of the Air Defense Artillery School from Fort Bliss to Fort Sill.
Additionally, State Regent Stricklin has served on the Board of Directors for i2E (formerly the Oklahoma Technology Commercialization Center), as President of the Southwest Oklahoma Advanced Technology Association, and as Vice Chairman of Military and Government Relations for the Lawton-Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He is the previous President of the Southwest Oklahoma Chapter of the Military Officer’s Association of America.
In 2007, State Regent Stricklin was appointed to serve a two-year term as Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for Oklahoma. Last fall, he was appointed to the Unmanned Aerial Systems Council by Gov. Mary Fallin.
He received the Distinguished Service Award from Cameron University in 2000, the university’s highest honor. He has also been honored with the Cameron University School of Business Distinguished Alumnus Award, and he was inducted as an honorary member into Delta Mu Delta national business honor society. In 2008, he was named a Distinguished Alumni by the Cameron University Alumni Association. He is also a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma Class XVI.
April 10, 2012