Two Elected to Oklahoma Christian University's Board of Trustees

Ken Parker

Mark Brewer

Two high-tech industry innovators and business leaders have been elected to the Board of Trustees of Oklahoma Christian University.

Named to the board are Kenneth L. Parker, the head of operations for RiskMetrics Group Inc., and Mark A. Brewer, Ph.D., senior vice president and chief information officer for Seagate Technology.

“We’re delighted that these two dynamic and talented men have agreed to share their time and resources as members of our Board of Trustees,” said Dr. Mike E. O’Neal, president. “They are both dedicated to enhancing the high quality Christian education offered at Oklahoma Christian, and they bring fresh perspectives to our Board from important business sectors.”

Parker, 41, of Noble, Oklahoma, is a1983 summa cum laude graduate of Oklahoma Christian University and earned a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Colorado in 1994. A software pioneer in the area of financial risk assessment, he led the financial risk unit of the investment banking firm J.P. Morgan before founding his own Oklahoma-based consulting firm, which later merged with RiskMetrics, which was spun off from J.P. Morgan and is now a worldwide leader in the areas of financial risk and wealth management.

An elder at the Alameda Church of Christ in Norman, Ken and his wife, Carole, have three children, Matina, 18, who is a student at Oklahoma Christian; Whitney, 17; and Leo, 15.

Brewer, 42, of Edmond, earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Oklahoma State University, including a Ph.D., in electrical engineering in 1988. He has worked for Seagate since 1992, advancing from director of information technology to his current senior position of senior vice president and CIO for Seagate’s IT operations. Seagate is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of hard disc drives for enterprise, PC and consumer electronics applications.

A member of the Memorial Road Church of Christ, Mark and his wife, Beth, have two children, Allison, 14, and Clayton, 11.

Board Chair Don Millican of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, hailed the addition of Parker and Brewer to the Board as another step in enhancing the university’s future.

“Each of these men brings to our Board a phenomenal history of success in their fields, and we are blessed they have agreed to step into leadership positions for the university,” Millican said. “I know every member of the Board of Trustees is looking forward to working with Ken and Mark as we continue to help make this great university a first choice for young people seeking a high quality Christian education.”

The additions of Parker and Brewer bring the number of people serving Oklahoma Christian University as members of the Board of Trustees to 27.  Four people were elected to the board in December.