Jan. 29, 2002

Southwestern Bell President To Give Herrington Lecture at RSU

James M. Epperson Jr., president of Southwestern Bell Oklahoma, will provide this year's Carl G. and Gladys L. Herrington Distinguished Endowed Lecture at Rogers State University on Friday, March 1.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 10:30 a.m. in RSU's Will Rogers Auditorium.

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.

The late Carl G. and Gladys L. Herrington established the Herrington Distinguished Lectureship Endowment through the Rogers State University Foundation. Epperson's presentation is the eighth in the Herrington Lectureship series. The Herringtons initiated the lectureship endowment as a way to provide exceptional educational opportunities at RSU. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education provided matching funds for the endowment.

Mr. Herrington, a retired Exxon executive, served on the RSU Foundation Board of Directors and was a longtime supporter of the university. In 1990, RSU awarded Mr. Herrington its highest honor, the Jefferson Fellow Award. The university's Herrington Hall, which houses RSU's business and computer science programs, was named in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Herrington.  Representing the Herrington family at the lecture will be Mr. Herrington's sister, Margaret Herrington, of Tecumseh, Okla.

For more information, call the RSU Foundation at (918) 343-7773.