Thursday, March 10, 2016
OKLAHOMA CITY –Governor Mary Fallin announced today that she is reappointing Charles R. Ford to the board of trustees for Oklahoma State University-Tulsa.
Ford, of Tulsa, will serve another seven-year term as trustee after confirmation by the Oklahoma Senate.
Ford served as minority floor leader in the state Senate from 1991 to 1992. He was the principal author of legislation creating OSU-Tulsa. He and his wife, Patricia, endowed a scholarship at the university.
“Charles is a passionate, long-time supporter of OSU-Tulsa,” said Fallin. “His devotion to public service and his business experience will continue to benefit the university.”
Ford serves on numerous boards and commissions. He is the owner and president of Charles R. Ford Co., a real estate investment firm in Tulsa. He also began a non-profit foundation which has provided more than 170 pieces of fine art at no charge to the state Capitol.
Ford graduated from the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College (now OSU) School of Engineering. He worked at Mid-Continent Petroleum Corp. from 1953 until 1955 and Tidewater Oil Co. from 1955 to 1958. After he left Tidewater Oil, Ford started the Charles R. Ford Co.
Ford served 38 years in the Oklahoma Legislature. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1966, where he served until 1981. He was elected to the Senate in 1981 and served there until 2004.
About the Board of Trustees for Oklahoma State University-Tulsa
The trustees oversee operations on the OSU-Tulsa campus, advising on administrative and student services, facilities management and academic offerings. The board also reviews the annual budget for OSU-Tulsa prior to its presentation to the OSU/A&M Board of Regents.