Shawnee resident Ryan Franklin named to SSC Board of Regents.

Former Seminole State College Trojan, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher and Olympic Gold Medal winner Ryan Franklin has been appointed by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin to serve on the Seminole State College Board of Regents. He will replace Chairman David Wilson whose term on the Board expires at the end of June, 2014.


The appointment was confirmed by the Oklahoma State Senate Education Committee on April 28 and sent to the Oklahoma State Senate for final approval. The nomination was carried by State Sen. Ron Sharp (R-Shawnee). Franklin’s seven-year term as a Regent concludes on July 1, 2021.


Dr. Jim Utterback, President of Seminole State College, said that Franklin has been a long-time friend and supporter of the college. “Mr. Franklin is an outstanding individual who brings a unique perspective to the Board as an alum and businessman. We are honored to have him as a member of the SSC Board of Regents. We commend Governor Fallin on this appointment,” he said.


Franklin, who works for the Cardinals organization as Assistant to the General Manager, signed a professional contract with the organization in 2006. He was a pitcher for the team from 2007 until 2011. In his current role, he handles player evaluation, professional and amateur scouting and serves as an official representative of the Cardinals.

Prior to signing with St. Louis, Franklin pitched for the Seattle Mariners, Philadelphia Phillies, and Cincinnati Reds between 1993 and 2006.


Franklin was a member of the Gold Medal winning USA baseball team at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, where he had a 3-0 pitching record in four appearances.


He is a 1983 graduate of Seminole State College, and was inducted into the College’s Alumni Hall of Fame in 2005. Franklin currently serves as a Trustee for the Seminole State College Educational Foundation.


He is married to Angie Romberg and the couple has four children: Logan, Teagan, Kaylin and Casen. He and his family live in Shawnee. He also has a ranch in his hometown of Spiro.


At his Senate confirmation hearing, Franklin said he was appreciative of the confidence placed in him by Gov, Fallin and Senator Sharp. “I am a big supporter of Seminole State College and look forward to helping the school in any way that I can. I look forward to serving as a Regent,” he said.

Members of the Seminole State College Board of Regents are appointed by the governor for seven-year terms. The Regents serve as the College’s governing body and have the supervision and management responsibilities for the College.


Other members of the Board, listed by order of appointment include: Marilyn Bradford of Shawnee, Leesa Adams of Shawnee, Marci Donaho of Seminole, and Karen James of Seminole.