Glass, Marlin G. (Ike) | 2009
- Birth and Death Year | 1934 - Present
- Induction Year | 2009
- Profession | Business Executive
- Oklahoma Connection | Glass grew up in Newkirk, Oklahoma.
- Hometown | Newkirk
As past chair of The State Chamber and a state regent for higher education, Glass has focused much of his energies on overseeing curriculum and funding for Oklahoma colleges and universities, and creating jobs that would retain and attract talented college graduates.
"Ike is a servant leader, sharing his energy, time, talents and financial resources with numerous organizations in his hometown, his state and his alma mater." - Jerry Gill, Oklahoma State University Alumni Association
Glass, a patriot, entrepreneur and successful businessman, learned a strong work ethic from his father while participating in the family-owned trucking business as a young man. Now CEO of the company, he has turned it into a major enterprise that operates throughout the Midwest. After graduating from Newkirk High School, Glass joined the U.S. Navy, serving in the Korean conflict for four years. He graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in business administration, which also is where he met and married Marybeth Brunsteter. They have two children, Rob and Jennifer, and three grandchildren.
Glass is most highly thought of for his efforts to make higher education and post-secondary education available to all children and citizens of our state. He has financially supported multiple scholarship programs and given encouragement and financial assistance to many young people, enabling them to pursue higher education. He served as president of the Newkirk School Board, past president of the OSU Alumni Association and, in 1997, Gov. Frank Keating appointed Glass to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education for a nine-year term. In 2007, he was reappointed by Governor Brad Henry. Glass served as president of the Oklahoma Transportation Center, vice chair of the Governors Conference on Small Business, president of the Oklahoma Trucking Association and chairman of the State Chamber of Commerce.