Rodger Randle, 1971, representing House District 75
|President Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma Senate|
|Preceded by||Marvin York|
|Succeeded by||Robert V. Cullison|
|Member of the Oklahoma Senate|
|Succeeded by||Penny Williams|
|Member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives|
October 26, 1943 |
Rodger Allen Randle (born October 26, 1943) was an American politician from the U.S. state of Oklahoma. He served twice as President pro tempore of the Oklahoma Senate and was a member of the Oklahoma Senate from 1972 to 1988. He also served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1970-1972 and as mayor of Tulsa, Oklahoma from 1988-1992.
After concluding his term as mayor of Tulsa, Randle went to work in academia, when he was offered the presidency of the University Center at Tulsa, in 1992. This was the forerunner of Rogers University, initially headquartered in Tulsa. He resigned this position in 1998, when Rogers reorganized and moved its headquarters to Claremore. He then joined the Graduate College of the University of Oklahoma at Tulsa, where he holds the rank of Professor. He is also currently Professor and Director of the Center for Studies in Democracy and Culture.
Randle was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 1970 and to the Oklahoma Senate in 1972. He was elected by his peers to serve as President pro tempore of the Oklahoma Senate twice. Following his departure from the state legislature in 1988, he was elected as Tulsa's mayor.
As mayor, Randle led the effort in 1989 to change Tulsa's charter to create a mayor-council form of government. The campaign was successful, where four previous attempts in 35 years to make this change had failed.
In 1992, he left the political life and accepted an appointment as president of the University Center at Tulsa, which was later renamed Rogers University. Rogers University reorganized in 1998 and decided to move its headquarters to Claremore. Desiring to remain in his hometown, Randle resigned the presidency, and accepted a position as Professor in the Graduate College of the University of Oklahoma. He teaches and offices in Tulsa, and he also holds the title of Professor and Director of the Center for Studies in Democracy and Culture (CSDC).
Randle serves as the Honorary British Consul for Oklahoma, a position to which he was appointed in 2005.
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