Gov. Stitt taps businessman with no college degree for board overseeing higher education

The move, which still must be approved by the state Senate, is not unusual for the governor, who has a history of appointing people to boards and agencies based on their business background.

Gov. Kevin Stitt’s latest nominee to the board that oversees the state higher education system is a successful businessman but has no college degree.

Dustin Hilliary, managing partner of Lawton’s Hilliary Communications, said in an email that he attended Cameron University “for nearly three years until the growth of my family’s business put me neck deep in the family business quicker than we anticipated.”

Since then, Hilliary said, “I have been a part of increasing our footprint, to include growing the company into Texas and Iowa, and creating more than a hundred jobs in rural Oklahoma.”

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