Public Policy Forum VII Speakers

Speaker Biographies

Mike Brown Mike Brown Mike Brown was elected Mayor for the City of Weatherford beginning January 1, 2004. Prior to becoming Mayor, Mike served as City Commissioner for 3 terms beginning in April 1996. In 2010, Mike was named large city “Mayor of the Year” by Oklahoma Municipal League.  He is the owner of American Insurance Group, an independent Life and Health Insurance Company. He is a graduate of Weatherford High School and Southwestern Oklahoma State University with a degree in Business Education and Administration. He is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, First Baptist Church, and Kiwanis Club where he was a Distinguished President and Lieutenant Governor. Mike is currently the President of SWODA (Southwestern Oklahoma Development Authority) Board of Directors. Mike also serves on the Legislative Committee of the Oklahoma Municipal League and the Board of Directors for the Mayors Council of Oklahoma.
Steve Ellis Steve Ellis is an Associate Professor and Graduate Liaison at the University of Oklahoma. His academic work, conference participation, and publishing examine both human action and social scientific accounts of human action from a philosophical perspective.  Particularly, Dr. Ellis focuses on philosophical issues in decision theory. While standard decision-theoretic accounts assume that each person chooses in accordance with a single preference ranking/utility function that univocally orders possible outcomes, the failure of standard accounts to address multiple objectives raises important research questions that continue to guide his research endeavors. He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Rutgers University.
Dr. Tony Wohlers Tony Wohlers is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Cameron University. His academic work, conference participation, and publishing focus on water management policies, e-government, biotechnology's role in society, and economic development policy. Within the broader context of research and administrative responsibilities, he continues to encourage undergraduate research on the campus of Cameron University by involving students in Oklahoma Research Day and other professional conferences as well as providing students with opportunities to engage in research activities with faculty. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Northern Illinois University.