Jimmy Eppler, president and chief executive officer of Citizens Bank of Ada, announced two new additions to the board of directors, Bill Clark and Wendell Godwin.
Clark was born in Ada and raised in the Duncan area where he graduated from Empire High School in 1977. In 1981 he graduated from Cameron University with a bachelor of science in business management and a minor in marketing. After graduation, he moved to the Ada area to work at Clark Oil Company. Clark, along with his partner and brother Todd, has owned and operated numerous successful businesses including Clark Oil Company, Clark’s LP-Gas Service, Great Plains Lubricants, Fuelman of Southern Oklahoma and Great Plains Rent-All. He currently serves as president of Great Plains, Inc. and is active in the management of the company’s equipment dealerships. He also is a managing member of Heritage, LLC which owns and operates commercial real estate investments.
Clark is married to Betty, who has recently retired from the US Postal Service, and they have two sons, Will and Garrett and three grandchildren: Wyatt, Gracie and Berkley. They all live on the family’s ranch near Roff.
Clark has served as chairman of the Pontotoc County Cattlemen’s Association, board of directors of Valley View Hospital and numerous other volunteer organizations.
He currently serves as chairman of the board of Pontotoc County Conservation District, vice president of Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children and is a deacon and Sunday school teacher at First Baptist Church of Fitzhugh.
After a 26-year professional career that allowed him to live and travel across the U.S., Godwin returned to lead the East Central University School of Business in May 2010. He held numerous leadership positions with two Fortune 1000 organizations and most recently served as area vice president and director of sales for Healthcare. Throughout his career, Godwin has traveled to China, Japan, Switzerland, France, Ukraine, Poland, Mexico and Canada.
As dean, Godwin is active in the local community, alumni relations, recruitment and university affairs. He has worked over the past three years to support the university’s efforts to fund the new Chickasaw Business and Conference Center. He has provided direction for new technology, both in the building and classrooms. Godwin is an active participant in the school’s business classes providing insight from the business world. He teaches leadership courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level.
He earned his bachelor of science in business administration from East Central University in 1984. In 2005, he completed the Executive MBA program at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
Godwin was selected as the Ada 2013 Volunteer of the Year by the Ada Area Chamber of Commerce and received the ENACTUS (Formerly Students in Free Enterprise) national award for the most supportive dean. His vision and leadership helped establish Oklahoma Business Week on the campus of ECU. This competitive high school camp is drawing outstanding students from across Oklahoma and Texas.
He is a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, volunteers as a soccer coach for the Ada Boys and Girls Club and serves as the city council appointed leader to chair the Citizens Advisory Board for the new Ada Fire Station. He lives in Ada with his wife Susie and three sons, Ben, Adam and Sam