Two Tulsa-area business leaders were recently appointed to the Oklahoma State University-Tulsa Board of Trustees. Sean Kouplen, chairman and CEO of Regent Bank, and Brett Lessley, president of Griffin Management, Inc., will each fill open positions on the board.
“Brett Lessley and Sean Kouplen are outstanding business leaders who will provide valuable experience in their oversight of OSU-Tulsa,” said OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett. “Their shared knowledge and experience will be valuable assets while the university addresses the higher education needs of our city.”
Kouplen and Lessley join OSU-Trustees Henry Primeaux, chair, Robyn Ewing, Charles Ford, Ed Keller, Dr. Trudy Milner, Tucker Link and Glenda Love. Link and Milner are also on the OSU/A&M Board of Regents.
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.
Kouplen will fill the remaining term of Larry Mocha, who stepped down earlier this year to serve on another state board. A former adjunct finance and management instructor at OSU-Tulsa, Kouplen earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics in 1995 at OSU-Stillwater and earned his Master’s of Business Administration at OSU-Tulsa in 2002. He also completed training at the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado in 2002.
He is currently the chairman of the Creek Nation’s One Fire LLC Board of Directors, and a member of Young President’s Organization, Tulsa Regional Chamber Small Business Council, CEO Roundtable, OSU Alumni Association Leadership Council, Oklahoma Bankers Association and serves as an elder of Bixby Community Church.
Lessley has been the president of Griffin Management, a Claremore-based health care property management company, since 1998. He was appointed to a seven-year term on the board, replacing James Goodwin, who completed his second term as trustee. An OSU graduate, Lessley earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Finance in 1996.
He is a member of the Oklahoma Association of Health Care Providers, Coalition of Advocates for Responsible Eldercare, American Health Care Association Independent Owners Council, Tulsa County Home Finance Authority, Indian Nations Council of Boy Scouts, Share the Spirit (Rogers County) and Rogers State University Board of Visitors.
The OSU-Tulsa Board of Trustees consists of nine members, with seven appointed for seven-year terms by the governor and approved by the Oklahoma Senate and two who are members of the OSU/A&M Board of Regents.