Brigadier General Council Named Commencement Speaker
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 09-27-2006
by Laura Dahl
Goodwell - Oklahoma Panhandle State University is proud to announce that Brigadier General Terry R. Council of the Oklahoma Army National Guard will serve as speaker for the 2007 Commencement Ceremony in May. In 1975, Council graduated cum laude from OPSU with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. In addition, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant upon graduation and also earned the honor of Distinguished Military Graduate. He holds a Master of Arts in Procurement and Acquisition Management from Webster University located in St. Louis, Missouri.
Council’s OPSU career began when he graduated from his small Kansas high school in 1971. He originally planned to study aeronautical engineering, but changed his mind when professionals in that field were getting laid off. His high school principal and his high school business teacher both encouraged him to attend OPSU, citing a good business program, good basketball team, and plenty of individual attention. Although he had been offered a track scholarship at another school, he chose OPSU. Council played basketball under Jack Begley for about a year and a half, and then decided his schoolwork was more important. He maintained a close relationship with Begley until his ex-coach passed away.
In addition to a full course load and athletics, Council’s dad, an ex-Marine, insisted that he participate in Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) for at least one year. Council applied for and received a three year ROTC scholarship and decided to stay in the program. Following graduation, he served active duty in the army through December of 1986, and was offered a full-time position with the Army National Guard in Oklahoma. His education continued in the military and includes training in Air Defense, Aviation, Procurement, and the Senior Service College Fellowship at the University of Texas in Austin.
Since he graduated high school in a small town, General Council knew he would thrive on a small campus. “All of my teachers knew me by my first name. That wasn’t unusual — every student who wanted help could get it easily.” He credits OPSU with providing him an excellent education.
General Council and his wife Ruth currently reside in Broken Arrow. They have six children, Charles, Michael, Lisa, David, Johnathan and Sarah.
For over 30 years, the highly-decorated General Council has served his country and the state of Oklahoma. OPSU’s faculty, staff and friends look forward to welcoming back an outstanding graduate.