The Oklahoma State University-Tulsa Board of Trustees elected Sean Kouplen, chairman and chief executive officer of Regent Bank, as board chairman for 2017-2018 during its June board meeting.
Brett Lessley, president of Griffin Management Inc., was elected vice chairman and Pete Patel, founder, chief executive officer and president of Promise Hotels, as board secretary.
“We are fortunate to have such visionary business leaders to serve as officers for the board of trustees for the coming year,” said OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett. “Each has demonstrated their commitment and dedication to the success of OSU-Tulsa and will apply invaluable knowledge to help us meet the higher education needs in the Tulsa community.”
Kouplen earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics at OSU-Stillwater in 1995 and a master’s degree in business administration at OSU-Tulsa in 2002. He completed training at the Graduate School of Banking in Colorado in 2002.
He is an accomplished national author and speaker and served as keynote speaker at the OSU-Tulsa graduation ceremony in 2016.
Kouplen is a member of the board of directors for the Hospitality House of Tulsa, Tulsa Salvation Army, MetaFund, Young President’s Association, OSU Alumni Association Leadership Council and the Oklahoma Bankers Association. He also serves as an elder of Southpoint Church in Bixby.
Lessley has been the president of Griffin Management since 1998. He was appointed to a seven-year term on the board in 2014. An OSU graduate, Lessley earned a bachelor's degree in business administration.
He is a board member of the Indian Nations Council of Boy Scouts, Parkside Hospital, Tulsa Psychiatric Center, Tulsa County Home Finance Authority and the Alpha Eta Building Fund.
Patel earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management at OSU in 1994. He is the founder of Promise Hotels, which owns and operates hotels throughout eastern Oklahoma. Patel serves on numerous boards, including the Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Oklahoma Hotel and Lodging Association and the Tulsa Hotel and Lodging Association.
In addition to the newly elected officers, the OSU-Tulsa Board of Trustees includes Charles Ford, Ed Keller, Tucker Link, John O’Connor and Dr. Trudy Milner.
The trustees advise OSU-Tulsa on administrative and student services, facilities management, academic offerings and other campus matters.
The board 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.