In Their Own Backyard: Agee Named Dean to Oklahoma City University Meinders School of Business

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In Their Own Backyard: Agee Named Dean to Oklahoma City University Meinders School of Business


Brus, Brian, THE JOURNAL RECORD


After nearly a year as head of the Oklahoma City University Meinders School of Business, Steven Agee has been formally named dean of the school, officials confirmed Monday.

Agee's term begins at the end of the calendar year as he steps down from his position as chairman of the Oklahoma City Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. He has been serving as interim dean since November 2010, when Vince Orza left the position.

"This is the relatively rare but satisfying case where a nationwide search ended up with an amazing person who was already here," said Robert Henry, president of the Methodist private school.

"Steve Agee is the ideal person to be dean of the Meinders School of Business," Henry said. "A successful businessman and entrepreneur, he also is a Ph.D. economist, and a respected research professor. His service on the Federal Reserve Board, which he recently chaired, as well as his dedicated community service, complement his 30 years in the energy sector - the most vital sector of this region's economy, as well as the nation's economy."

Agee said he's pleased the university's search committee chose him from among a large pool of worthy candidates. His job hasn't changed much for the title change, Agee said.

"I want to build several different aspects of the business school," he said. "I want to increase our enrollment with good, quality students. ... We are developing some brand new programs to help do that."

During his time at OCU, Agee founded the Economic Research and Policy Institute at the Meinders school and served as its first director. He also has been involved in introducing two new master's degree programs at OCU in energy legal studies and energy management, both of which will commence in 2012. Agee said his contacts in the energy and banking industries are extensive and should help support the programs' evolution. …

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