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Travis appointed to Western Oklahoma State College Board of Regents

May 16, 2022 -- Posted by: maegan.martin
WOSC President Dr. Chad Wigiton, D'Lese Travis, and Senator Brent Howard
WOSC President Dr. Chad Wigiton, D'Lese Travis, and Senator Brent Howard

D’Lese Travis (Weatherford) appeared before the Senate Education Committee for appointment to the Western Oklahoma State College Board of Regents on May 3, 2022. She will succeed Clint Abernathy and will serve a seven–year term, ending March 24, 2029. “I am honored to serve Western Oklahoma State College on the board of regents. I strongly believe in the college’s mission and the inspiring opportunities offered the students. The spirit and culture of the board and leadership are a great asset to the college and I am truly looking forward to joining this great group of leaders,” said Ms. Travis.

D’Lese Travis joined the General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute & Museum team as Executive Director in June of 2016. Travis earned her B.A. degree from the University of Central Oklahoma and brings over 30 years of experience in marketing and promotions as well as event and facility management to the position. Travis is responsible for supervising leadership development initiatives based on the core principals of the program, special events, marketing and promotions, and day-to-day operations of the Leadership Institute and Museum. Travis works with the Board of Directors to develop the strategic direction, fundraising, and programs to fulfill the mission and vision of the Leadership Institute and Museum, and engages the national advisory board as resources for program concept. In addition to her role with General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Oklahoma Museums Association and the Great Plains Country Association. Travis is a past-president of two state associations: Oklahoma Cattlewomen and Meeting Professional’s International of Oklahoma and has served in a leadership capacity for Oklahoma Society of Association Executives.

President Chad Wiginton commented, "D'Lese brings a great deal of leadership development and marketing experiences to our board.  She has a true passion for empowering young people and a great love for western Oklahoma.  Her professional and personal background will be a wonderful asset to Western."       

Western Oklahoma State College is the oldest original municipal two-year college still in existence in the state of Oklahoma. Its mission is to provide high quality education, support student success, and empower individuals to become productive members of local, regional and global communities. Western offers high-quality associate degrees and certificates to its five-county service area and beyond. For more information, visit

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