Saturday, July 13, 2024

Bankers selected to serve on state Board of Regents

Gov. Kevin Stitt has selected Billy Taylor and Rick Walker as the newest regents on the Oklahoma State Board of Regents for the Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges.

“I am thrilled to have both Billy Taylor and Rick Walker serving on the Oklahoma State Regents,” Stitt said. “Billy’s leadership experience will be an asset in this position and his passion for agriculture as an Oklahoman will be invaluable. Likewise, I am confident Rick’s strong background in farming and ranching and his drive to succeed will serve him well. I look forward to Billy and Rick’s success in their new roles.”

Taylor is the CEO of Armstrong Bank and the CEO/vice chairman of Ironhorse Financial Group. He started his career as an agricultural lender with the Farm Credit System.

“It is a sincere privilege to have the opportunity to serve the OSU/A&M Board of Regents, its faculty, and students. I am thankful to Gov. Kevin Stitt for the appointment and will work hard to be a valuable asset to the Board of Regents and its constituents,” Taylor said. “As a product of the OSU system myself, it is an honor to be able to give back to an institution that has meant so much in my life.”

Walker is the CEO of Liberty National Bank in Lawton, and also the current chairman of the OBA. He has lived in southwest Oklahoma most of his life. He’s also the incoming chairman of the Lawton-Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce.

“When I was a student at Oklahoma State, the instruction and experience I received combined with the relationships developed while seeking higher education were crucial in opening doors for opportunities,” Walker said. “I am excited to give back and serve at such a critical time where we need well-founded, job-ready graduates to meet the demands of business and propel innovation and technology. I thank Gov. Stitt for this opportunity to serve.”