OPCIE Advisory Board
Elizabeth Hutt Pollard
Secretary of Science and Innovation
Elizabeth Hutt Pollard was appointed by Governor Kevin Stitt to serve as Secretary of Science and Innovation. In this position, Secretary Pollard places a strategic emphasis on enabling science and innovation to impact the development of the State’s economic ecosystem around life science/biotechnology, aerospace/autonomous systems/defense and energy diversification. Secretary Pollard has extensive global experience scaling health tech businesses, building commercial and academic partnerships, and bringing to market highly specialized technologies. Because of her expertise in laboratory science, genomics and test development, Secretary Pollard has been vital in the creation of the OPCIE’s mission, vision and values centered around aa One Health approach to public health. Secretary Pollard’s experience and passion for innovation will lead the OPCIE, and moreover the One Health approach, to blossom through innovative partnerships, strategic design and ideation.
James W. Curran, M.D., MPH
Dean, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
Dr. Curran is the Dean of the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and a Professor of Epidemiology. Graduating from the University of Notre Dame, he received his M.D. from the University of Michigan and a Master of Public Health from Harvard University.
In 1981 Dr. Curran coordinated the task force on acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and then led the HIV/AIDS Division. While at the CDC, he attained the rank of the Assistant Surgeon General.
He is a fellow of the American Epidemiologic Society, the American College of Preventive Medicine, and the Infectious Diseases Society of America and was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 1993. He was given the Surgeon General's Medal of Excellence in 1996 and the John Snow Award from the American Public Health Association in 2003.
Dr. Curran is an adjunct Professor of Medicine and Nursing, and Co-Director of the Emory Center for AIDS Research. He is immediate past chair of the board on Population Health and Public Health Practice of the Institute of Medicine and serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. Additionally, he holds an endowed chair known as the James W. Curran Dean of Public Health.
Barry Pollard, M.D.
Dr. Pollard graduated from OSU with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry in 1973 before earning his doctorate of medicine in 1977 from the University of Oklahoma.
For more than three decades, Pollard has been a neurosurgeon in Enid, Oklahoma, where his practice is based.
In addition to running a successful medical practice, Dr. Pollard also owns P&K Equipment, the largest John Deere dealership in Oklahoma. Since purchasing his first dealership in 1983, the company now has 27 dealerships in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Iowa.
Dr. Pollard serves on the board of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and the American Angus Association. He was inducted into the OSU Alumni Association Hall of Fame in 2017 and into the Oklahoma Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2020.
Secretary of Agriculture
Blayne Arthur appointed by Governor Kevin Stitt to serve as the Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture—the state’s first female to hold the position. She acts as Governor Stitt’s chief advisor on policy development and implementation related to agriculture, food and forestry, and holds the titles of Oklahoma Commissioner of Agriculture and the President of the Oklahoma State Board of Agriculture. Secretary there is a strong advocate of a One Health approach to public health – the intersection of human, animal and environmental health. With Secretary Arthur’s understanding of agricultural economics and small-business financing in rural communities, her expertise is instrumental in bridging the gap between public health and agricultural sustainability, production and human health and well-being.
Secretary of Health and Mental Health
Kevin Corbett was appointed by Governor Kevin Stitt to serve as Secretary of Health and Mental Health for the State of Oklahoma and holds the title of CEO of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority. Secretary Corbett is Governor Stitt’s chief advisor on health and health policy. He is particularly focused on implementing policies and programs to drive Oklahoma to become a top 10 state in health outcomes and more customer-centered in the delivery of services surrounding health and mental health. As a respected and incisive advisor in strategy, operations, finance, risk management and governance for over 35 years, Secretary Corbett is an influential and contributory face in the implementation and follow-through of the OPCIE’s One Health mission.