Dr. Gary Trennepohl, Oklahoma State University-Tulsa’s founding president, will serve as the keynote speaker for OSU-Tulsa’s 15th graduation ceremony on Monday, May 12 in The Pavilion at Expo Square.
“The leadership provided by Dr. Trennepohl has enabled thousands of Tulsa-area students to earn a degree from Oklahoma State University,” said OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett. “As we celebrate OSU-Tulsa’s 15th anniversary this year, there is no better individual to share his wisdom with our students on this special day.”
Trennepohl became the first president of the OSU-Tulsa campus in 1999 after serving as dean of the OSU Spears School of Business. Under his direction, OSU-Tulsa’s enrollment tripled and the university established a partnership with Tulsa Community College to provide a seamless transition for students pursuing a bachelor’s degree.
As president, he also secured $45 million in funding from Vision 2025 and state and private sources to construct the Helmerich Research Center, a state-of-the-art training and research space for students and faculty in mechanical, electrical and materials science and engineering.
In 2009, Trennepohl returned to a full-time faculty position and currently holds the ONEOK chair in finance and is a regents service professor. He teaches finance courses in the Spears School of Business on both the Tulsa and Stillwater campuses.
In recognition of his leadership, Trennephol was honored as an OSU-Tulsa Founder earlier this year. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame in 2013 for his outstanding service to higher education in the state.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Tulsa in 1968, Trennepohl was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force and served on active duty until 1974 in the U.S., Southeast Asia and Europe. He received a regular officer appointment in 1971 and was awarded the Viet Nam Service Medal and Air Force Commendation Medal with an oak leaf cluster. Trennepohl earned a Master of Business Administration from Utah State University in 1971 and a doctoral degree in finance from Texas Tech University in 1976.
In addition to his teaching duties, Trennepohl serves as a visiting faculty member for the Options Institute at the Chicago Board Options Exchange. He is chair of the Affiliate Board of Directors for Oklahoma Blue Cross/Blue Shield, a member of the OSU Foundation investment committee and a trustee for the Oklahoma Teachers Retirement System.
More than 500 OSU-Tulsa undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to participate in this year’s graduation ceremony. OSU-Tulsa’s graduation will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a concert led by Dr. Douglas Henderson, director of the OSU Cowboy Marching Band, followed by the processional.
For more information about OSU-Tulsa’s graduation ceremony, visit www.osu-tulsa.okstate.edu/graduation or call 918-594-8164.