Governor appoints judge from Oklahoma City bombing trial to Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Kevin Stitt has appointed a former Supreme Court justice who presided over the state’s only trial involving the Oklahoma City bombing to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.
The governor said Wednesday he has appointed Steven W. Taylor to the board that oversees the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education and its 25 colleges and universities.
“Chief Justice Taylor has been a dedicated public servant for the people of Oklahoma his entire career,” said Gov. Stitt. “He has a passion for education and a love for our great state. He will be an impactful addition to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education as we work to move our state forward.”
Taylor will serve a nine-year term, effective May 17.
The 69-year-old Taylor served on the state’s highest court from 2004 to 2016 and was chief justice from 2011 to 2013.
In 2004, he presided over the state murder trial of Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols.
A former U.S. Marine and U.S. Armed Forces judge, Taylor was on McAlester’s City Council and was the town’s mayor. He also served on Stitt’s transition team .