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Oklahoma governor picks ex-chief justice to be state regent

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Gov. Kevin Stitt chose a former chief justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court to serve as the next member of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

Steven W. Taylor was appointed by Stitt on Wednesday morning to serve a nine-year term on the state's coordinating board for higher education. The appointment is subject to Senate confirmation.

Taylor served as a member of Oklahoma Supreme Court from 2004 to 2016 and served as chief justice for two years beginning in 2011.

“Chief Justice Taylor has been a dedicated public servant for the people of Oklahoma his entire career,” Stitt said. “He has a passion for education and a love for our great state. He will be an impactful addition to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education as we work to move our state forward.”

Taylor earned an undergraduate degree at Oklahoma State in political science and later earned a law degree from the University of Oklahoma.

In his more than 20 years as a trial judge, he presided over more than 500 jury trials, including the state trial of the Oklahoma City bombing case. Taylor also serves on the board of directors of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and the Oklahoma City National Memorial.

The state regents oversee the academic standards of higher education in Oklahoma while determining functions and courses of study at state colleges and universities, grant degrees, and approve each public college's and university's allocations, as well as tuition and fees within the limits set by the Oklahoma Legislature.

Adam Kemp

Adam Kemp is the Higher Education reporter for The Oklahoman and Newsok.com. Kemp grew up in Oklahoma City before attending Oklahoma State University. Kemp has interned for the Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Gazette and covered Oklahoma State Football... Read more ›

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