Nationally known public servant Neal McCaleb was sworn in on Tuesday as the newest member of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Board of Regents.


In Washington, McCaleb was appointed by President George Bush to head the Bureau of Indian Affairs as assistant secretary of the Interior. He also served eight years in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, and with the Chickasaw Tribe as a banking official. He was appointed to the USAO Board by Gov. Brad Henry and confirmed by the Oklahoma Senate on May 23.


McCaleb replaces Regent Robert J. Hays, a Chickasha attorney who served a seven-year term on the USAO board.


McCaleb is a member of the Chickasaw Nation and served as the head of the tribe’s bank. The Chickasaw Nation is the 13th largest tribe in the United States.


He was appointed the first Oklahoma secretary of transportation by Governor Henry Bellmon, then was reappointed decades later to the same position by Gov. Frank Keating. During his second term, he led the largest highway construction program in the state’s history.


McCaleb is a civil engineer, having graduated from Oklahoma A&M College in 1957 among the last class of Aggies. He was in the private practice of engineering and real estate development for 32 years.


McCaleb has been married to Georgann McCaleb for 49 years and they have four grown children and 13 grandchildren.


Last summer, Tulsa lecturer, lawyer and community leader Teresa B. Adwan was named to the board by Gov. Henry. She serves on prominent boards servicing education and philanthropy: Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, Sarkeys Foundation, Thomas Gilcrease Museum Association, and The Gillies.