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UCO Foundation Announces New President, Four New Board Members

A headshot of Art Cotton, UCO Foundation president

July 27, 2021 

Media Contact: Kandace Taylor, Marketing and Public Relations Director, UCO Office for Advancement, 405-974-3553,  ktaylor55@uco.edu

UCO Foundation Announces New President, Four New Board Members

The University of Central Oklahoma Foundation recently announced a new president and the election of four new members to its board of trustees. Each will help support the nonprofit’s work to provide scholarship assistance to deserving students and support for faculty, campus activities and vital programs at UCO.

Art Cotton recently was named as the UCO vice president for advancement and president of the UCO Foundation. Joining the board of trustees are Kevin Hill, Kate O’Neill Rauber, Shane Pate II and Davis Puryear. The new board members began their three-year term with the UCO Foundation July 1. 

Hill is a personal injury attorney at Colbert Cooper Hill. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Central and earned a juris doctorate from the Oklahoma City University School of Law. Hill was inducted into the UCO Athletics Hall of Fame in 2019.

O’Neill Rauber is the principal at KORPR. She earned bachelor’s degrees in journalism and political science from Central, where she played volleyball and basketball. She also earned an MBA from Avila University. 

Pate is the city manager for the City of Nichols Hills. He holds a juris doctorate from the Oklahoma City University School of Law, a master’s degree in public administration from UCO and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Oklahoma State University. Since 2012, Pate has served as an officer on the Oklahoma Employee Insurance and Benefits Board, which advises the State of Oklahoma with respect to the administration of health, dental, vision, life and disability benefits to the state’s employees and other eligible participants.

Puryear is the chief financial officer for Connect Midstream. He previously served Connect as vice president of finance, joining shortly after the company’s inception. He holds a master’s degree in energy management from Oklahoma City University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from UCO.

To learn more about the UCO Foundation, visit centralconnection.org.

The slate of board members for 2021-22 is: 

Executive Committee 

Emily Lang, Chair

Brad Pumphrey, Past Chair

Mike Patterson, Vice Chair

Peggy Kates, Secretary

Brandon Webster, Treasurer

Candace Hobbs, At-Large

Randy Ross, Audit Committee Chair

Todd Russell, Trustee Committee Chair

Carolyn Stager, Donor Committee Chair

Jeff Atkins, Governance Committee Chair

Carlos Evans, Investment Committee Chair

Members

Ancel Airington

Tammy Alger

Lee Beasley

Sherry Beasley

Ann Benjamin

John Bobb-Semple 

Victoria Caldwell

Michael Chandler

Jeff Coil 

Freda Deskin

Jack Evans

Violet Ford

Peggy Geib

Ben Harris

Joshua Hart

Ana Carmina Dange

Kevin Hill

Thomas Kupiec

Alexis LoPresto

Joni McClain 

Patrick Mok 

Mike Moore

Juliane Morgan

Kate O’Neill Rauber

Shane Pate II

Davis Puryear

Kirby Ross

Paige Shepherd

J. Michael Steffen

Sheila Stinson

Tom Thompson

Max Tuepker

Garland Wilkinson

Ruth Boss, Emeritus Trustee

Gerry Pinkston, Emeritus Trustee

Darren Helm, Emeritus Trustee

Josh Moore, Emeritus Trustee

Keith Kersten, Emeritus Trustee

Stacy Bozarth, Emeritus Trustee

Mike Kloiber, Emeritus Trustee

Larry Westmoreland, Emeritus Trustee

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Cutline: The University of Central Oklahoma Foundation recently announced the election of four new members to its board of trustees and a new board president. Each member will support the UCO Foundation’s work to provide scholarship assistance to deserving students and support for faculty, campus activities and vital programs at Central. Joining the board of trustees are Kevin Hill, Kate O’Neill Rauber, Shane Pate II, and Davis Puryear. Art Cotton will serve as board president.