A new regent was sworn in Thursday for Northern Oklahoma College, bringing the slate back to five after one regent resigned before the end of his term.
Ponca City banker Jeffrey Cowan was appointed by Gov. Mary Fallin to fill the unexpired term of fellow Ponca City resident Jeff Smith. His term will end June 30, 2014.
Cowan is president of RCB Bank Ponca City. He said he hopes he can offer financial savvy to the college during the present tough economy.
“I think I can lend something to the institution,” Cowan said. “I’ve been a volunteer in the community for 30 years. It’s an opportunity for me to be involved in education, which is near to me and dear to me.”
Cowan was born and reared in the southeast Kansas area and is a graduate of Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kan. He has a bachelor of science degree in business administration with majors in economics and marketing.
He began his career in banking soon after graduation from college and has been at RCB Bank since 1983. He has been president of the bank since January 2008.
He is University Center Foundation treasurer, a Ponca City Chamber of Commerce board member, Pioneer Technology Incubator Advisory Board member and a member of the Chamber’s Retail Task Force committee. Previously, Cowan was president and campaign chairman of Ponca City United Way, treasurer of the Ponca City Public School Foundation and Ponca City Economic Development Advisory Board member. He also served on the City Planning Commission, the Ponca Energy Board, was co-chair of the mayor’s Vision 2020 Task Force and is a Leadership Ponca City graduate. Additionally, Cowan has been involved in numerous other civic and community activities.