Ford is named OSU-Tulsa trustee

Governor Mary Fallin announced that she is reappointing Charles R. Ford to the board of trustees for Oklahoma State University-Tulsa.

Ford, of Tulsa, will serve another seven-year term as trustee after confirmation by the Oklahoma Senate.

Ford served as minority floor leader in the state Senate from 1991 to 1992. He was the principal author of legislation creating OSU-Tulsa. He and his wife, Patricia, endowed a scholarship at the university.

“Charles is a passionate, long-time supporter of OSU-Tulsa,” said Fallin. “His devotion to public service and his business experience will continue to benefit the university.”

Ford serves on numerous boards and commissions. He is the owner and president of Charles R. Ford Co., a real estate investment firm in Tulsa. He also began a nonprofit foundation which has provided more than 170 pieces of fine art at no charge to the state Capitol.

Ford graduated from the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College (now OSU) School of Engineering. He worked at Mid-Continent Petroleum Corp. from 1953 until 1955 and Tidewater Oil Co. from 1955 to 1958. After he left Tidewater Oil, Ford started the Charles R. Ford Co.

Ford served 38 years in the Oklahoma Legislature. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1966, where he served until 1981. He was elected to the Senate in 1981 and served there until 2004.