Spring 2019

Spears School of Business Commencement Ceremony Speaker (1st Ceremony)


Jack Allen

Chairman, Hub International CFR

Jack is both a dedicated insurance and risk management professional and a creative manager who embraces change and business evolution. He is a staunch advocate of both individual attainment and corporate team building. He is the author of The Little Red Hen in Corporate America (new lessons from an old fable). The National Alliance for Insurances Education and Research and Rough Notes magazine has voted Jack one of the 25 Most Innovative Agents in the Country. This award is based on technological leadership, superior relationship-building ability, leadership in education and the community, and creativity in solving problems for clients.
 
He began his career in 1970 at The Hartford Insurance Company. He joined CFR in 1976 and purchased the firm in 1986. While he has assumed many leadership responsibilities, he continues to work directly with clients to analyze needs and create effective programs.
Under Jack’s leadership, the firm’s accomplishments include being chosen one of the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma, and winning a national award from Rough Notes magazine for Marketing Agency of the Year. In 2013, CFR joined HUB International to broaden the firm’s capabilities and increase opportunities to serve a broader range of customers.
 
A passionate belief that education can be transformed by both individual and corporate involvement is central to many of Jack’s personal and financial commitments. This has led him to be recognized as a Hero of Education by Great Expectations, an organization that trains educators to inspire and motivate students.
 
In 2002, Jack established the Jack Allen Family Education Foundation in order to further support his goal of improving public education. This foundation has made significant contributions to many education related needs including endowed chairs, scholarships, teacher excellence awards, building projects and special educational programs.
 
Further, Jack is a regular guest speaker at university classes on the topics of diversity, vision, innovation and management methodology. He has taught in the OSU-Tulsa MBA program on Contemporary Management and has been a guest lecturer for the Meinders School of Business. Jack also serves on the Board of Advisors for the Riata Center of Entrepreneurship.
 
Jack is a graduate of Oklahoma State University School of Business and serves on the Board of Governors for the OSU Foundation. He was elected to the OSU School of Business Hall of Fame, Spears School of Business 100 for 100 and the OCU Business School Hall of Fame and is a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. He has been selected to deliver the 2019 OSU Spears School of Business commencement address.
 
In 2015 Jack was the Chairman of the OSU Tulsa Stately Affair raising over $6,000,000 for student scholarships. In 2016 he became a Project ECHO advisor with the goal of creating a $1,000,000,000 endowment.
 
He was a founding director in Summit Bank of Oklahoma, a member of the Advisory Board to Hillcrest Hospital in Tulsa and Green Country Boy Scouts. He was the 2014 Alzheimer’s Gala chairman. 
 

College of Education, Health and Aviation/College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Commencement Ceremony Speaker (2nd Ceremony)


David A. Cockrell

Optometrist, Cockrell Eyecare Center

 
David A. Cockrell, O.D., Diplomate American Board of Optometry, is a native Oklahoman from Red Rock, Oklahoma. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Zoology at Oklahoma State University in 1976 and received his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Southern College of Optometry in 1981. He was a member of the Oklahoma State University Flying Aggie flight team during his time at OSU.
 
He and Dr. Cherry Cockrell opened their practice, Cockrell Eyecare Center, in Stillwater in 1981. Dr. Cockrell has been an active member of his local, state and national organizations and served in leadership positions as president of the Southwest Council of Optometry, president of the Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians, and president of the American Optometric Association. He has also served as chair of Optometry’s board certification program, the American Board of Optometry. He also currently serves as Advocacy Group Chair for the American Optometric Association.
 
Dr. Cockrell has lectured throughout the United States on primary eyecare topics and has provided professional testimony to U.S. Senate Committees, the Oklahoma Senate and House of Representatives, as well as to many other U.S. State legislative and administrative bodies.
 
Dr. Cockrell has also been active in the community, having served on the Board of Directors for the Stillwater Rotary Club, as a Charter Member and Past President of Stillwater Group Homes, and as a Director of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce. He has also served on the Stillwater Public Education Foundation and has held many volunteer positions in youth sporting activities in the community. He has most recently served as member and Chairman of the Stillwater Regional Airport Authority and as a member of the Stillwater Medical Foundation.
 
He is married to Dr. Cherry B. Cockrell, and they have two grown children, both Oklahoma State University graduates.

College of Human Sciences/College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology Commencement Ceremony Speaker (3rd Ceremony)


Rick Muncrief

Chairman/CEO, WPX Energy

Rick joined WPX in 2014 identifying ways to transform the company’s culture, portfolio & drilling inventory. He developed a strategy to increase oil production and expand WPX’s cash margins. WPX is on track to produce more than 100,000 barrels of oil per day in 2019.
WPX’s enterprise value has grown by several billion since Rick’s arrival. Oil sales of nearly $1.8 billion accounted for 88% of all product revenues in 2018. Oil volumes grew 57% last year.
 
Rick has overseen $8 billion of transactions to shift WPX’s focus from natural gas to oil. He led WPX’s entry into the Permian Basin, including the $2.75 billion acquisition of RKI E&P. WPX also formed a 50/50 joint venture to develop midstream infrastructure in the Permian Basin.
 
Rick is the Chairman of the American Exploration & Production Council. He also serves on the board of the American Petroleum Institute. He was vocal in the fight to lift the crude oil export ban, testifying before the Senate Banking Committee in 2015. He also has appeared on CNBC with Brian Sullivan and Jim Cramer.
 
In terms of honors and awards, Hart Publishing recognized Rick as the industry’s 2017 Executive of the Year; the Houston Association of Petroleum Landmen named Rick as its 2017 Permian Basin Leader of the Year; Institutional Investor has honored Rick as one of the best CEOs in the Midcap E&P space; and Oil & Gas Investor hailed WPX’s first acquisition in the Permian Basin as its 2015 Deal of The Year.
 
Rick has nearly 40 years of upstream and midstream experience. He has a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering technology from Oklahoma State University. Prior to WPX, he had a variety of leadership & technical roles at Continental Resources, ConocoPhillips, Burlington Resources and their predecessors.
 
He is a member of the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce, serves on the National Advisory Board for Gilcrease Museum and is an active participant and supporter of Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy.

College of Arts and Sciences Commencement Ceremony Speaker (4th Ceremony)


Kelly Ogle

News Anchor, KWTV

Kelly Ogle anchors News 9 at 5, 6 and 10 p.m. and shares his opinion on issues affecting the state in his Emmy winning segment “My 2 Cents” during the 10 p.m. Newscast. A nationally respected and honored Newscaster, Ogle won the Best Anchor award from the National Academy of Television Journalists in 1999.
 
Ogle was the recipient of an Edward R. Murrow Award for coverage of the 2009 “Oklahoma Tornadoes.” During his years with News 9, his investigative reports have been recognized as the best in the field by the Society of Professional Journalists in 1994 and the Oklahoma Associated Press in 1996.During his “You Paid For It” reports, Ogle chronicled wasteful spending of taxpayers’ dollars by Oklahoma state government. He also anchored News 9’s award-winning coverage of the Timothy McVeigh trial. 
 
Ogle is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in political science. He is the son of the late Jack Ogle, one of Oklahoma’s most famous broadcast journalists and member of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame. His two brothers also work in Oklahoma’s broadcast industry. 
 
Ogle considers his family his best work. He and his wife have four children, all named after Oklahoma towns. In 2001, Ogle was honored with the Don Bodard Friend of Youth Award for “Kelly’s Kids.” Ogle is also an avid golfer, woodworker and yardman.