Branch, Mitchell, Simmons Join OC Board

One of OC’s former presidents, a leader in the medical field, and a distinguished California scholar have joined the university’s Board of Trustees.

The appointment of Alfred Branch, Dr. Lynn Mitchell and Dwayne Simmons gives OC’s board 35 active members in addition to 14 life trustees.

Branch, a 1984 Oklahoma Christian graduate, is the president and chief executive officer of Moriah Real Estate Company, which he co-founded in 2008. Branch served as executive vice president and chief operating officer at Oklahoma Christian from 1999 to 2008, and served as its acting president from 2001 to 2002. He oversaw the development of more than $48 million in student housing, multifamily housing, campus renovation and retail projects.

He and his wife Judy (Lovejoy), a 1985 OC graduate, have two children: Meagan Lytton, a 2011 OC graduate, and Lee, a junior at Oklahoma Christian. All of Alfred’s siblings – Charlie (77), Warren (77), Dan (80) and Cynthia (86) – also attended Oklahoma Christian. Their father, Charles, is an OC Life Trustee and their mother Sylvia is a trustee of the Christian Chronicle.

Mitchell, a 1976 Oklahoma Christian graduate, is the chief medical officer of OU Physicians and associate dean for clinical affairs for the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Prior to her current role, Mitchell was the Oklahoma Department of Health’s chief medical officer and deputy commissioner for prevention and preparedness services. She served as state Medicaid director from 2000 to 2010 and as medical director for the Oklahoma Health Care Authority from 1995 to 2000.

Mitchell and her husband Barry have sent all three of their children to Oklahoma Christian. Braden (09) and Barrie Jo (10) are graduates and Brennan is a junior at OC. Lynn’s father, the late Ray Vaughn, Sr., was a legendary athletic director and coach at Oklahoma Christian. Her mother, Sue, taught speech at OC. Her brother, Ray Vaughn, Jr., is a 1970 OC graduate and also serves on the OC board.

Simmons is a professor in neuroscience at the University of California, Los Angeles. At UCLA, he serves as director of the Minority Access to Research Careers Program, the Bridges to Baccalaureate Program, and the Diversity for Neuroscience Education and Outreach Program in the university’s Brain Research Institute. He also has served on the faculties at Pepperdine University and the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. His wife D’Nisa (Hoover) is a 1985 Oklahoma Christian graduate.

Fall 2012

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