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Herrington Lecture

2002 Lecturer

James M. Epperson Jr.
President of Southwestern Bell, Oklahoma

Epperson began his career with Southwestern Bell in 1979 in Oklahoma City. He went on to a wide variety of assignments in state and federal regulatory, consumer research, marketing initiatives, customer services and media relations in Oklahoma, St. Louis, San Antonio, and Southern California for Southwestern Bell, Pacific Bell, and their parent company, SBC Communications Inc. He was appointed president of Southwestern Bell – Oklahoma in December 1999.

Epperson is active in a wide array of Oklahoma organizations. He is chairman of the Oklahoma Arts Institute, chairman of the Oklahoma City Metro United Way 2002 Campaign, vice-chair of the Allied Arts Board’s 2002 Campaign and vice-chair of the Economic Development Division of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.

Epperson was born in Tahlequah, and also lived in Bristow, Cushing, and Ponca City while he was growing up. His father and mother also worked for Southwestern Bell. He and his wife, Debbie, have two children, Janie and Jimmy, and one grandson, Robert.