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OU is one of the few public universities in the nation to cap the class size of first-year English composition courses at no more than 19 students.
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Board of Regents

Mr. Burgess

Mr. BurgessGovernor Mary Fallin appointed Bill W. Burgess, Jr., to a seven-year term on the Board of Regents in 2014. He is Chairman of the board of Vortex, the owner/publisher of the Lawton Constitution, and the Senior Partner of Burgess and Hightower Law Firm. Mr. Burgess is the son of Sgt. Bill W. Burgess, Sr. and Betty Burgess. He graduated from Cameron University with a B.A. degree, received his juris doctorate from the University of Oklahoma College of Law, and has been designated as an AV attorney. As Chairman and principal owner of Techrizon, Mr. Burgess developed the enterprise into the largest Oklahoma software engineering company. Techrizon has developed software for today's technologically advanced warfare specializing in smart weapon systems for the U.S. Department of Defense. Mr. Burgess currently serves as the Civilian Aide to the Secretary for the Army. He has been inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma Education Hall of Fame, as well as being awarded the Corporate Entrepreneur of the Year by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Regent Burgess previously served 18 years as a member of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. He has served as Chairman of the Oklahoma State Chamber and the Oklahoma Business Roundtable as well as Chairman of the Citizens' Commission on the Future of Oklahoma Higher Education. He has served as Chairman of Leadership Oklahoma, being honored as the group's 25th Anniversary Distinguished Graduate, and served as president of the Boy Scouts of America-Oklahoma Council. The Governor and Legislature of the State of Oklahoma honored Mr. Burgess by designating Interstate 44 through Lawton the "Bill W. Burgess, Jr. Highway." Cameron University has named their business center the "Bill W. Burgess, Jr. Business Center." Mr. Burgess has been named the Outstanding Philanthropist for Oklahoma by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, with this award being given to those with a proven record of generosity who, through financial support, have demonstrated outstanding civic and charitable responsibility.