Center for Legal Studies and Business Ethics to host former governors

Center for Legal Studies and Business Ethics to host former governors

Monday, April 1, 2024

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The Center for Legal Studies and Business Ethics (CLSBE) will host the third annual
“Conversations on Ethical Leadership” at 3 p.m., April 23, at the Student Union Theater
on Oklahoma State University’s Stillwater campus.

Former Republican Gov. Frank Keating and former Democratic Gov. Brad Henry will join
in a conversation with Spears School of Business Dean Jim Payne about what ethical
leadership means to them. The event is free, and students and the public are invited
to attend.

“The CLSBE is pleased to bring these two former governors to campus this year for
this annual event, especially since it is a presidential election year,” said Laurie
Lucas, director of the CLSBE. “This is an exciting opportunity for our students to
hear from two chief executive officers who may bring different policy perspectives
but who both demonstrated the ability to reach across the political aisle and move
Oklahoma forward during their time in office. I hope their conversation with Dean
Payne helps our students remain optimistic about the possibilities for a positive
future in Oklahoma.”

Keating and Henry are two of only five former governors elected to serve two consecutive
terms in Oklahoma. Keating was the state’s 25th governor, serving from 1995 to 2003,
and Henry was the state’s 26th, serving from 2003-11. 

“I am looking forward to an insightful discussion on ethical leadership from former
Oklahoma governors Frank Keating and Brad Henry,” Payne said. “Such a discussion will
provide a forum for our students to listen and learn, and hopefully the importance
of ethical leadership in making effective decisions for the betterment of Oklahoma
and its citizens.”

After receiving his law degree from the University of Oklahoma, Keating worked for
the FBI. He also served in the Oklahoma legislature. President Ronald Reagan appointed
Keating as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma, and later as assistant
secretary of the Treasury, then to associate attorney general in the Department of
Justice. In 1991, President George H.W. Bush elevated Keating to general counsel and
acting deputy secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Three months after his election as governor, Oklahoma City suffered the Alfred P.
Murrah Federal Building bombing. His leadership is credited with helping Oklahoma
handle that crisis, and he and his wife, Cathy Keating, worked tirelessly to assist
victims and their families. Since leaving the governorship, Keating served as president
and CEO of the American Council of Life Insurers and president and CEO of the American
Bankers Association, among other pursuits.

Henry also received his law degree from OU, then practiced law in Shawnee, while serving
10 years in the Oklahoma State Senate prior to his 2002 election to the governorship.
Recognized as one of the most popular governors in the state’s history, he was re-elected
in 2006 by the largest vote margin in modern times.

In 2020, Henry was appointed by President Barack Obama as a charter member of the
six-member Council of Governors. Henry also served as Chairman of the Council of State
Governments, the Southern Growth Policies Board and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact
Commission. He currently serves on numerous boards, including as Chair of the national
board of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Chair of the board of directors of
the Regional Transportation Authority of Central Oklahoma. Henry is of counsel with
the national business law firm of Spencer Fane LLP and is a founding member of Henry-Adams
Companies LLC, a general and business development consulting firm.

Launched in 2019, the CLSBE promotes business and professional ethics and regulatory
compliance through research exploring the intersections between law and business.

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