Sanders Mitchell, administrator of MidAmerica Industrial Park, has announced plans to retire from the Board of Trustees for the Oklahoma Ordnance Works Authority, the governing body for all MidAmerica operations.
“Looking back at his tenure, Mitchell has had a major impact on the economic development efforts for not only MidAmerica but the entire state of Oklahoma,” said OOWA Board Chairman Dobie Langenkamp.
“I believe that his years of service to MidAmerica will be recognized as an era of progress. Well over half of the firms we have up at the park came during his years at the helm,” Langenkamp said.
After years as the liaison officer for the Ozark Regional Commission, Mitchell was hired to be the park’s general manager in 1977. In 1990, he was selected as the administrator for the Oklahoma Ordnance Works Authority.
“I have spent 35 years here in this office and I turned 70 earlier this month. It’s been an absolute joy to have seen so much happen up here, but it is time for me to turn over the reins to someone else,” Mitchell said. “There’s a lot of attending baseball games with my grandkids and a lot of catching fish in my future. I am really looking forward to retirement.”
The selection of a new administrator for MidAmerica, a lifetime appointment, will be in the hands Gov. Mary Fallon.
“It is really a critical position for recruiting new industries to the state,” said Langenkamp.
Mitchell said his last day as administrator will be May 15.
Lifetime trustees of OOWA board include Langenkamp, an international petroleum investments attorney, and Robert R. “Rob” Gilbert, III, Vice-Chairman / COO of F&M Bank in Tulsa.
David Chernicky, President / CEO of New Dominion oil and gas exploration and production company and a board member of the Grand River Dam Authority, and Dave Lopez, Secretary of the Oklahoma Departments of Commerce and Tourism, are other members of the board.