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Retired business executive Frank Semple offers remarks at Massey Lectureship

Frank Semple makes a point during his lecture Tuesday morning.

Frank Semple makes a point during his lecture Tuesday morning.

DURANT, Okla. – Retired business executive Frank Semple returned to his roots Tuesday as the speaker at the 15th John Massey Family Lectureship, held at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Semple is retired Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of
MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P. He is a member of the boards of directors of Marathon Petroleum Corporation and MPLX GP LLC.

A native of Stillwater, Oklahoma, Semple and his parents (longtime veterinarian Dr. Bill Semple and wife Jane) moved to Durant when he was an infant. Semple was a standout student and athlete at Durant High School, participating in football, basketball, baseball, andtennis.

The 1970 DHS graduate was also a member of the National Honor Society and an Eagle Scout.

He was appointed to the United States Naval Academy by Speaker of the House Carl Albert, following in the military footsteps of his father, who was a decorated pilot. Frank’s older brother, Billy, was also accepted into the Academy.

Semple earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Naval Academy, and completed the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School.

Speaking to an audience of 300 students, faculty, staff and community members, Semple fondly recalled his days of growing up in Durant and the positive influence it had on his life.

“My father had a profoundimpact on me,’’ Semple said. “He was my role model growing up.  And as far back as junior high, I knew I wanted go into a military academy.’’

Semple went on to provide an overview of his business career, and then took a number of questions from the audience.

Attending the lecture were several members of the Semple family, including Frank’s wife, Dr. Robin Semple, and two sisters, Janie Umsted and Susan Owens, along with friends from the Durant community.

The Lectureship was established in 1994 by a gift from the John Massey family and matched by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Endowment Fund Program.

Tulsa Public Schools superintendent offers insight at Massey Lecture

Dr. Keith Ballard offers remarks at Tuesday’s Massey Lectureship.

Dr. Keith Ballard offers remarks at Tuesday’s Massey Lectureship.

DURANT, Okla. – Communications, relationships, and effective teachers were among the important themes voiced Tuesday by Tulsa Public Schools superintendent Keith Ballard as the guest speaker at the 14th Massey Family Lectureship.

The lecture was held in Montgomery Auditorium on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Some 400 students, faculty, public school superintendents and community members attended the hour-long session, which ended with questions-and-answers from the audience.

Dr. Ballard leads the largest school district in Oklahoma with 41,000 students and 7,000 employees, including 3,000 teachers. Focusing on college preparedness, he is committed to cultivating teacher talent in a performance-based culture and providing quality learning experiences for every student, every day, without exception.

“Communications and relationships have been critical during my journey in Tulsa,’’ Ballard said. “But we must be focused on having an effective teacher in every classroom and a great leader in every (school) building. That’s most important.’’

Ballard joined Tulsa Public Schools as superintendent in 2008. The district serves an urban population with a diverse population of students providing a choice of magnet, community, charter and neighborhood schools including a high school that partners with Tulsa Community College providing college-level courses.

During his tenure, Ballard worked to pass the largest bond in the history of the state, totaling $354 million. He led the way for the district to work with the Gates Foundation on teacher and leader effectiveness, one of only 10 school districts selected in the country.

He will retire from his position in Tulsa this summer.

The lectureship was established in 1994 by a gift from the John Massey family, which was matched by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Endowment Fund Program. Previous speakers at the Massey Lecture include H.E. “Gene” Rainbolt, George Kaiser, Edward Keller, Ambassador James R. Jones, Dr. Tom Cole, Archie Dunham, Keith Bailey, Michael Cawley, Joseph Cappy, Sen. Ted Fisher, J. Clifford Hudson, Mark Stansberry and Ed Martin.

Massey Lectureship features Ed Martin

Massey Lectureship features Ed Martin

Press Release Date: 4-19-2011

Ed Martin

Ed Martin spoke on the Southeastern campus Tuesday at the 13th Massey Family Lectureship.

DURANT, Okla. – Ed Martin, Chairman of Ackerman McQueen advertising agency, was the guest speaker Tuesday at the 13th Massey Family Endowed Lectureship in Business and Public Policy at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Martin directed his message to students, urging them to give back to their community.

Referencing the late golf instructor-turned-author Harvey Penick, Martin advised students to take “dead aim” by having a conscience; being a mover and initiator; being a steward; and by staying informed.

“Use your career to make a positive difference,” he said. “Successful businesses are stewards of their community.”

The lecture was held in Montgomery Auditorium (Morrison Hall). Also in attendance were faculty, staff, and community members.

Martin joined Ackerman McQueen as President in 2001 and in June of 2004 he was promoted to Chairman. He is currently responsible for the management of each of the operating companies, which includes offices located in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Dallas, Colorado Springs, and Washington D.C.

The lectureship was established in 1994 by a gift from the John Massey family, which was matched by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Endowment Fund Program. Previous speakers at the Massey Lecture include H.E. “Gene” Rainbolt, George Kaiser, Edward Keller, Ambassador James R. Jones, Dr. Tom Cole, Archie Dunham, Keith Bailey, Michael Cawley, Joseph Cappy, Sen. Ted Fisher, J. Clifford Hudson, and Mark Stansberry