OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – June 24, 2005 – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) announced today the election of Oklahoma City executive Lon Winton and Edmond veterinarian Dr. Richard Blankenship to its Board of Trustees.
Winton has served as Chesapeake Energy Corporation’s senior vice president for information technology and chief information officer since 1998. He will retire at the end of the month. Prior to joining Chesapeake, he held management roles at Union Pacific Resources Company and Conoco, Inc.
As part of Chesapeake’s management team, Winton has helped lead a company that now ranks as the most active driller of new wells in the nation. The company employs 1,300 people, primarily in the mid-continent United States, including numerous OC alumni.
Last year, Chesapeake established the “Chesapeake Scholars Program” at Oklahoma Christian. The program provides $10,000 annually over a five-year period to fund leadership and character scholarships for OC students from rural Oklahoma towns.
Winton is a 1969 graduate of Oklahoma Christian and holds graduate degrees from Creighton University and the University of Houston, in addition to completing the Tuck Executive Program at Dartmouth College. Winton and his wife Jane, also an OC graduate, attend Memorial Road Church of Christ. Their two children, Jennifer and Matt, are OC alumni.
Dr. Blankenship owned and operated his own veterinary practice, Bryant Veterinary Hospital, in Edmond from 1971 to 2002. Though “mostly retired” since selling his practice, he continues to work one day a week.
He received an associate’s degree from Oklahoma Christian in 1959 before continuing his education at Kansas State University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree and doctor of veterinary medicine degree.
Dr. Blankenship and his wife Ada have three grown children, Mark, Carol and David. Mark and Carol graduated from Oklahoma Christian. Dr. Blankenship previously served on OC’s Board of Development and is an elder at Edmond Church of Christ.
The purpose of Oklahoma Christian University is to educate its students for Christian service and leadership. The Board of Trustees works to assure the purpose of the university is efficiently and effectively fulfilled by setting broad policy, and by monitoring and evaluating the work of the university’s administration. In addition to OC’s 29-member Board of Trustees, 15 “Life Trustees” also lend their counsel and expertise to the university.
Oklahoma Christian, a private, four-year comprehensive university ranked seventh overall in the 16-state Western region by U.S. News & World Report, offers degree programs in more than 60 fields of study in three colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Biblical Studies and the College of Professional Studies. The university also offers two graduate degree programs in Biblical Studies in addition to one- and two-year Masters of Business Administration programs.
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