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Reagan Bradford
Reagan is an active member of OU Law's Board of Visitors Advisory Council and a mentor to OU Law students. He has been instrumental in ensuring OU and OU Law energy departments are well-funded through a variety of mechanisms.

Reagan’s legal experience hasn’t followed the usual course. He began his practice at a large, defense-oriented law firm where he honed his litigation skills and learned the ins and outs of corporate defense. From there he moved in-house, ultimately serving as Deputy General Counsel & Assistant Corporate Secretary of one of the nation’s largest oil-and-gas producers. 

But his competitive nature drew him back to private practice, so he left the corporate world to open the Oklahoma City office of The Lanier Law Firm in 2016. Having learned the playbook for defense work, Reagan joined forces with Mark Lanier with great success. From 2016 to 2020, Reagan originated and handled a host of complex litigation matters, resulting in over $300 million in client recoveries while he served as Managing Attorney of the Lanier Law Firm’s Oklahoma City office. 

The next logical step was to start a new chapter with his law partner, Ryan Wilson, which led to the formation of Bradford & Wilson in 2020. 

Reagan received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and his Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where he served on the Oklahoma Law Review, founded the Energy and Resources Law Student Association, and graduated Order of the Coif. Reagan was named to the Journal Record’s 40 Under 40 in Oklahoma City in 2015. From 2018–20, he has been selected as a Rising Star by Thomson Reuters.

Laura Lopez
Laura entered OU with a strong academic and leadership record having been honored as one of Yukon High School’s Valedictorians. As an engineering student, Laura rose as a leader on campus and in the College of Engineering activities beginning her freshman year in Engineers’ Club, which serves all engineering students. 

As a freshman, she served as Open House Chair and Casino Night Chair. As a sophomore, she served as 2nd Vice President coordinating the game day hamburger feed fundraisers. Her Junior year, she served as Engineers’ Week Chair and as a senior, Engineers’ Club President. She was involved in AISES and AiChe, the student society for Chemical Engineers and served as a Chevron Phillips Scholar Mentor. She was elected to St. Pat’s Council, an engineering service honor her senior year. She was named Outstanding Chemical Engineering Senior and her undergraduate research group was selected as Outstanding Group in Design. 

After University, Laura has continued to excel in her career as well as in her service to the University. In her career, she leads a cross-discipline leadership team and 25 subsurface professionals to deliver production and the future strategic investments for the Na Kika Deepwater Development and Paleogene Assets for BP in the Gulf of Mexico. She also continues to give back and advocate for the University of Oklahoma. She served as OU Campus champion and lead recruiter for BP from 2009-2019, interacting with faculty, staff and students in Gallogly College of Engineering, Price College of Business and the Honors College. She advocates for OU student interns and new hires at BP. 

Laura has frequently been a speaker in classes and student organization events on professional development and technical topics. She serves as a leadership mentor to Holmes Leadership Associate students and is active in Women in Engineering activities. She engages with students in the Diversity and Inclusion program giving presentations, mentoring, and providing encouragement and support to students and staff.

As a young couple, she and her husband Ben, also an engineering graduate and BP engineer, lead their peers as major donors, giving back to students and programs. They have established a family scholarship and have supported Diversity and Inclusion programs and students. They are Felgar Society Members and are active in their alumni engineering community. They’ve also joined with other alumni to support a room in the new Gallogly Hall Diversity and Inclusion office space. They attend Houston area alumni networking events and host students who make visits to the area.

Today, Laura lives in Houston, TX with her husband Ben and two daughters. Together, they enjoy camping, hiking, and of course, OU football! Laura is proud to be an OU Alumnus and advocate for the University of Oklahoma. 

David Rainbolt
David Rainbolt received his BBA in Finance from OU in 1978 and began his career as a Senior Financial Analyst with Republic Bank in Dallas. In 1984, David became the CFO for BancFirst Corporation. He held that position until 1991 at which time he transitioned into Chief Executive officer, serving in that role until 2017 when taking on the Executive Chairman role.

A founding member of the Price College's Arthur B. Adams Society, David is a generous supporter of the Business Dean’s Excellence Fund and, along with his sister, Dr. Leslie Rainbolt, guided the 2017 naming of the Gene Rainbolt Graduate School of Business, in honor of their beloved father. David also supports the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education (named in memory of his mother) with gifts to the Rainbolt Family Graduate Student and Professorship endowments, and the Rainbolt College’s Debt-Free Teachers Program. David and his wife, Kim, continue to touch many areas of OU with their generosity, including the Health Sciences Center, Athletics, Bizzell Memorial Library, Pride of Oklahoma, President’s Associates program, and Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts.

Currently, David is a Director of the OGE Energy Corporation Board, and past Chairman of the Oklahoma Bankers Association, Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, Oklahoma City Industrial and Cultural Facilities Trust, and the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce. His civic involvement includes donating his time and talent to the Dean A. McGee Eye Institute; Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation; State Fair of Oklahoma; and Presbyterian Health Foundation. In previous years, David has served The Children’s Center Foundation; Downtown OKC, Inc.; Last Frontier Council Boy Scouts of America; Oklahoma Health Center Foundation; Judicial Nominating Committee; and as Past Chairman of the United Way Campaign.

David and Kim have three sons, Adam, Sam, and Jake. In his free time, David enjoys hunting, fly fishing, and has coached Little League Baseball for over 20 years. Price College could not be prouder of the many accomplishments David Rainbolt has achieved in his professional career and the partnership and guidance he offers as a proud and active alumnus. He is the consummate professional while maintaining an approachable demeanor and warm sense of humility and enthusiasm. David offers encouragement and valuable insight to all OU/Price College faculty, staff, students and fellow alumni he encounters.

Glenda Schwarz
Glenda has been a long standing and dedicated advocate of OU and the Price College of Business. She has maintained her engagement through formal advisor roles and leveraging her influence at ConocoPhillips to grow the University of Oklahoma's academic efforts.  

Glenda makes herself available to support faculty and staff by way of facilitating funds to support chairs, such as the most recent, ConocoPhillips Chair in Energy Accounting at the Michael F. Price College of Business. She also volunteers her time when on campus to speak to students, including JCPenney Leadership Program students. She is a member of the Price College of Business Dean’s Board of Advisors and the Steed School of Accounting Board of Visitors. 

Dr. Floyd Simon Jr.
For the past several years, Dr. Simon has invested greatly in OU as the President of the OU Alumni Association. That role has brought him in touch with many alumni and enabled him to share his passion for the University of Oklahoma. 

Dr. Simon has been an ongoing ambassador and donor for OU and be it academics or sports, his steadfast commitment to better all aspects of OU is ever present. His current role as a trustee for the University of Oklahoma Foundation has further established his commitment to OU. 

Most recently, Dr. Simon has been helpful to Gaylord College in recruiting high school students from his hometown of Clinton to visit Gaylord College to learn more and promote interest in one of the college’s five majors.

Robert L. "Bob" Stephenson
Bob was a loyal supporter of Oklahoma Athletics’ for over 50 years. He played an integral role in advancing the mission of OU in athletics and academics. Bob was a tremendous leader for OU, especially when it comes to supporting student-athletes and the resources they need to be successful.

Over the years, Bob contributed to various baseball and wrestling facility projects. He and his wife, Norma, also provided support to the OU women’s basketball program by fully endowing a scholarship. In January 2018, Bob pledged a major gift to the baseball program geared towards a $10 million renovation to the L. Dale Mitchell Park. This significant donation has helped the baseball program move towards its goal of securing the necessary funds to complete the baseball stadium master plan. 

Bob also served as a fund-raising catalyst on many occasions for the university’s academia. While playing baseball for the Oklahoma Sooners, Bob had additional scholarship support. He appreciated what the University had done for him, so in return, he wanted to help those going through school who might not be able to make it otherwise. Bob decided to provide financial and alumnus leadership support to the students in the OU School of Geology and Geophysics. Additionally, Bob gifted two endowed scholarships to OU’s College of Arts and Sciences’ religious studies program. The first endowed scholarship was named after his granddaughter Heather as a graduation gift. The Stephenson family loved the idea so much they decided to create another endowed scholarship named after their grandson, Cole. Each year the Heather Nicole Stephenson Scholarship goes to the senior ranked first academically in the program, and the Timothy Cole Stephenson scholarship to the top junior. 

Aside from being a devoted Sooner Club member, Bob was a long-time supporter of the OU Baseball, Wrestling and Men’s Basketball Booster Clubs. He was also inducted into the Seed Sower Society in 2001 after having donated $1 million or more to OU.  

As a true baseball alumnus, Bob aided in numerous baseball capital projects including the Press Box Project in 2002, the Indoor Practice Facility in 2012 and the current Baseball Stadium Renovation project in 2018. Because of his constant support to the baseball program, he was recognized as one of the team’s honorees at the fifth annual Diamond Dinner.

Outside of athletics, Bob received the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy Distinguished Service Award in 2008, which recognizes individuals whose accomplishments, affiliations and careers have honored the legacy of excellence of the college and university. This is the highest annual accolade for alumni and friends of Mewbourne College.

For Bob, all his support was never about receiving recognition. He graciously gave back to OU with the sole focus of helping students succeed.

Lee Symcox
With Lee’s guidance, the Symcox family and First Fidelity Bank are stalwart benefactors and enthusiastic partners of the Michael F. Price College of Business at every turn. Price College is grateful for the Symcox family and First Fidelity Bank’s ongoing generosity in supporting of one of the College’s flagship programs, the First Fidelity Bank Integrated Business Core (IBC). For twenty-five years, the IBC program has been one of the premier programs for the college and its impact on our students and the community are without equal on the Norman campus.

Lee is a native of Norman, Oklahoma, a graduate of Norman High School, and proud OU alumnus, having earned a B.B.A. in Finance from the Price College of Business in 1979. He is a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking.

Lee’s banking career began at the age of 14 while working at his grandfather’s bank as a teller. He is a fourth generation Oklahoma banker, following his father, grandfather and great-grandfather into the industry. Lee has served as President and CEO of First Fidelity Bank of Oklahoma City since 1993. Under his leadership, the bank has grown from $160 million in assets to its current size of more than $2.2 billion. The organization has grown from 6 locations in metro Oklahoma City, to 32 full-service banking locations in the OKC, Tulsa, Phoenix and Denver metro areas.

Lee currently serves on the Price College of Business Board of Advisors. He has served on the Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council for the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank. Lee has served as President of the Central Oklahoma Work Force Development Board, Chairman of the Integris Baptist Medical Foundation Board, President of Leadership Oklahoma, President of the Civic Center Foundation, President of the Economic Club of Oklahoma City, President of the Leadership Oklahoma City Alumni and Treasurer of the United Way of Central Oklahoma. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors for InvesTrust.

Lee is a past President of the Norman Chamber of Commerce and has served on numerous business and non-profit boards during his career, including the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, Civic Center Foundation, the Bizzell Memorial Library Board of Advisors, the Greater Oklahoma City YMCA, and the United Way of Central Oklahoma. He is a member of the Downtown Rotary Club, World Presidents Organization (WPO), Leadership Oklahoma Class II, and Leadership Oklahoma City.

Lee and his wife, Suzie, have been married for 40 years and have two grown children and three grandchildren. Their personal philanthropy focuses on a variety of areas within OU, including OU Athletics, the Price College of Business, the Alumni Association, Gaylord College of Journalism, Bizzell Memorial Library, the President’s Associates, and the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts.

Price College is honored to recognize the many accomplishments Lee Symcox has achieved throughout his career and appreciates the wise counsel he willingly provides to the college’s leadership, faculty, staff, and students. He is a leader that is conscientious, caring and thoughtful in promoting Price College and the University of Oklahoma.

Suzie Symcox
Suzie is a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma and a graduate of Edison High School. During her tenure as a student at the University of Oklahoma, Suzie was member of The President’s Leadership Class and Alpha Chi Omega. Suzie has served for a decade on Gaylord College’s Board of Visitors and has been a great contributor, both financially and with new ideas and guidance. First Fidelity Bank has also provided internship opportunities for our students.

Now a retired Trustee, Suzie has given back to OU as a Trustee, and former Vice Chairman, of the OU Foundation. Suzie and her husband, Lee, have been strong financial supporters of OU in general, giving to the following over the years: H. H. Herbert Centennial Society and JayMac within Gaylord College; the ballet program and Arts! Arts! Arts! within the College of Fine Arts; Presidents’ Associates; Bizzell Library; the OU Club of Cleveland County; and the Stephenson Cancer Center. Suzie and Lee are also long-time football season ticket holders and big-time Sooner fans.

Suzie represents yet another OU Journalism School graduate who is doing remarkable things with her degree. An Advertising major, she has applied the tenants of that degree to lead the communications efforts of First Fidelity Bank. Notable as well is Suzie’s entrepreneurial spirit. During her senior year at OU, several professors persuaded her to buy an interest in The Cleveland County Reporter weekly newspaper. This made Suzie the youngest publisher in the state of Oklahoma and allowed her to gain valuable experience – writing articles, selling advertising, paste-up – while working often into the early morning hours. Suzie sold the paper after becoming pregnant with her daughter.

That work ethic remains today at First Fidelity Bank where Suzie is responsible for retail banking, marketing, human resources, training, product development, special projects and consumer lending for First Fidelity’s 32 locations across Oklahoma, Arizona and Colorado. The contributions Suzie, through the bank, makes to the community should be applauded.

Suzie has been active in the community for many years. She currently serves as the Governing Board Chairman for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Oklahoma, as a board member of Allied Arts and, is a member of the Downtown Rotary Club 29, OU President’s Associates, Assistance League of Norman and Oklahoma City and P.E.O. chapter AU. She is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma Class III. Suzie has also served as President of the Bizzell Library Board of Advisors, Red Cross of Central & Western Oklahoma Past Chairman, Library Endowment Trust Past President, Oklahoma Venture Forum Past President, Alpha Chi Omega National House Corporation Board President, Alpha Chi Omega Fraternity National Vice President and the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation as Treasurer.

First Fidelity Bank annually contributes more than $500,000 to local charities and educational foundations. Suzie’s philanthropy to both OU and her community deserves to be recognized and Gaylord College is honored to have Suzie as an alum, a successful leader in the banking industry and a resource to students, faculty and staff.

Dr. Douglas Wade Voth
Dr. Voth is a time-honored friend of the University of Oklahoma and received his advanced degrees from other institutions. Dr. Voth's devotion and dedicated service is evidenced by over three decades with the University of Oklahoma. As Executive Dean of the College of Medicine and later Dean of the College of Pharmacy, he was instrumental in the growth of both colleges in their success in educating the future health care providers for the State of Oklahoma as well as throughout the United States. He has been a vital part of the interdisciplinary advancement of all disciplines of health care on this campus, which is a leader in this field, due to his guidance, for the rest of the county.

Dr. Voth's impact on the health of Oklahoma is immeasurable, and is most deserving of this prestigious honor. 

D. Ronald Yagoda
Ron is a member of the Price College Board of Advisors, the Price College Center for the Business of Healthcare Advisory Board, and the Bizzell Memorial Library Board of Advisors. He has been a mentor-in-residence for I-CCEW, a guest speaker in Entrepreneurship classes, and served on a previous Price College Dean Search Committee.

In 2009, Ron received the Price College of Business Distinguished Partner Award. Ron is the financial adviser to a former member of the OU Golf team currently on the PGA tour.

Ron and his wife, Joan are members of the Seed Sower Society, the Arthur B. Adams Society and the President’s Associates program. The couple provides scholarship funding for the Tom Love Division of Entrepreneurship, stipends for students participating in the Ronnie K. Irani Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth (I-CCEW) and also support the Chip in Club.

Ron and Joan have been inducted in the George Lynn Cross Society by making OU an important part of their estate plans. Additionally, Ron was a cabinet member of Phase I of Price College’s long-term Capital Campaign. In that role, he penned a letter encouraging others to follow their lead in remembering OU through charitable giving via wills and estate plans.