Oklahoma Tomorrow is a coalition of engaged citizens and private-sector leaders representing the entire state, from the large metropolitan areas to rural towns. We want to ensure proper funding for our colleges and universities so Oklahomans can prepare for the jobs they need to support their families and fulfill their potential. As an independent nonprofit, we will fight to ensure that colleges and universities across the state have the tools they need to produce the graduates necessary to grow Oklahoma’s economy. We cannot allow today’s budget crisis to cripple tomorrow’s economy.
- In 2016, most state agencies faced funding cuts of 10 percent. Our college and universities' funding was cut 16 percent.
- In 2017, while most state agencies took a 4.5 percent cut, our colleges and universities were cut 6.1 percent.
- Lower funding means critical programs such as nursing, IT and engineering have to turn students away.
- Funding the ability to produce Oklahoma college graduates can prevent Oklahoma from being ranked near the bottom of many nationwide measures, such as health, incarceration, etc.
- Oklahoma ranks near the bottom of all states for support for regional colleges and universities.
Please Join Us in our mission!
WHO WE ARE
Our board consists of Oklahoma’s leading business minds, men and women who are concerned about threats to public higher education. Public colleges and universities are critical for helping Oklahomans provide for their families, and they are vital to our future.
Bruce Benbrook, Chair
President and Chairman, Stock Exchange Bank, Woodward
Bert Mackie, Vice Chair
Vice Chairman, Security National Bank, Enid
Ted Haynes, Secretary
President, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma, Tulsa
Vice President of Public Relations and Business Development, Express Employment Professionals, Oklahoma City
Partner, Home Creations and Owner, FreeStyle Creative, Moore
Executive Vice President, Cherokee Nation Businesses, Catoosa-Tahlequah
Principal, Gungoll Jackson Law Firm, Enid/Oklahoma City
Director of Government Operations, The Boeing Co., Tulsa/Oklahoma City
Vice President, Chickasaw Nation Corporate Development, Sulphur
Partner, Titan Properties, Tulsa
Senior Vice President – Commercial, ONE Gas Inc., Tulsa
Owner, Starr Lumber Company, Alva
Claudia San Pedro
President, SonicCorp., Oklahoma City
Founding Board Members
Bruce Benbrook, Woodward
Ed Keller, Tulsa
Bert Mackie, Enid
Gene Rainbolt, Oklahoma City
Devery Youngblood, CEO, Oklahoma Tomorrow
Devery Youngblood’s decades-long career as an education and business leader in Oklahoma gives him unique insight on how higher education supports economic growth and why it must be protected.
He spent nine years with the Chickasaw Nation, where he worked for Gov. Bill Anoatubby on economic and community issues. He served four years as district director and senior advisor to U.S. Rep. Ernest Istook.
He was the founding president of Downtown OKC Inc., where he spent eight years leading economic recovery efforts after the Oklahoma City bombing and directing private-sector development associated with Oklahoma City’s visionary MAPS program.
Youngblood has twice been appointed by Gov. Mary Fallin to the Oklahoma City Community College Board of Regents, and he is a member of the University of Oklahoma College of Public Health Advisory Board.
He has a degree in organizational leadership from Southern Nazarene University and a master’s of public administration from the University of Central Oklahoma.
Contact Devery at (405) 990-1462 or firstname.lastname@example.org.