2014 Commencement

About the Commencement Speaker

Bill W. Burgess, Jr.

photo of Bill W. Burgess Jr. A Cameron alumnus, Bill W. Burgess, Jr., is Chairman of the Board of Vortex, senior partner of Burgess & Hightower Law Firm, and owner/publisher of the Lawton Constitution, the third largest newspaper published in the state of Oklahoma. He currently serves as the Oklahoma Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army and was recently named to the University of Oklahoma, Cameron University and Rogers State University Board of Regents. 

As a Cameron student, Burgess served as student body president for two years, was a vital member of the nationally recognized speech and debate team and was recognized in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. Burgess graduated with honors with a bachelor’s degree in speech in 1978. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma School of Law.

As chairman and principal owner of Techrizon, Burgess developed Techrizon into Oklahoma’s largest software engineering company. Techrizon develops software for today’s technologically advanced warfare specializing in smart weapon systems. He has been awarded the Corporate Entrepreneur of the Year by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

Burgess served as a Regent with the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education for 18 years. He was the youngest State Regent to be appointed in the State’s history. His service was acknowledged with induction into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame in 2012.

Other honors include induction into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, the highest honor accorded to an Oklahoman, Outstanding Philanthropist for Oklahoma, Cameron University’s President’s Distinguished Service Award, Cameron University Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award, and Leadership Oklahoma’s 25th Anniversary Distinguished Graduate. Cameron’s Bill W. Burgess, Jr. Business Research Center is named in his honor in recognition of his outstanding achievements. For his dedication to the U.S. Army, he has been inducted into the Ancient Order of Saint Barbara.

He serves as chairman of the Oklahoma Business Roundtable, Inc., vice-chairman of the Oklahoma Heritage Association and trustee for the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and the Communities Foundation of Oklahoma.  He has served as Chairman of the Oklahoma State Chamber, Leadership Oklahoma, Citizens’ Commission on the Future of Oklahoma Higher Education, and Lawton Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He has also served as a member of the Governor’s Science and Technology Advisory Council, as president of the Association of the United States Army at Fort Sill, and as an ambassador for the United States Army Reserve.

Burgess has served as president of the Boy Scouts of America – Oklahoma Council and is an Eagle Scout. He is a recipient of the Silver Beaver, Vigil Order of the Arrow, and God and Country Boy Scouts awards.

He is the son of the late Sgt. (Ret.) Bill W. Burgess, Sr. and the late Betty Burgess.