Hon. Rodger A. Randle
The Honorable Rodger Randle began his career in public service with the Peace Corps in Brazil. In 1970, he was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives. He was elected to the Oklahoma Senate in 1972, then re-elected for three more four-year terms, serving twice as President Pro Tempore.
In 1988, he became Mayor of the City of Tulsa and led the successful campaign to change the city’s form of government (one that had failed four times in the previous 35 years). He was re-elected in 1990 by the largest margin in Tulsa’s history. The adoption of the new form of government marked the most significant change in the City of Tulsa in the last 50 years.
In 1992, he accepted an appointment as president of the University Center at Tulsa, which later became Rogers University. After six years, he left Rogers and became a professor in the Graduate College of the University of Oklahoma. He teaches and offices in Tulsa and holds the title of Professor and Director of the Center for Studies in Democracy and Culture.
Mr. Randle has participated in a large variety of civic activities, focused primarily on international activities. He is the past President and Chairman of the national Board of Directors of Sister Cities International (SCI). He continues to serve SCI as Chairman of the Honorary Board of Directors. He serves as a member of the Oklahoma Governor’s International Economic Development Team. In Tulsa, he is the past President of the Tulsa Global Alliance (the organization that operates Tulsa’s Sister City and international visitors programs, among other activities), and he is a past chairman of the Tulsa Committee on Foreign Relations. He is also a past president of the United Nations Association of Northeastern Oklahoma. He currently serves as the Honorary British Consul General for Oklahoma.
Mr. Randle is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and holds a doctor of laws degree from the University of Tulsa.