Bama Pie CEO To Give Herrington Lecture Feb. 12 at RSU

Paula Marshall-Chapman, CEO of the Bama Companies of Tulsa, will present this year’s Carl G. and Gladys L. Herrington Distinguished Endowed Lecture on Thursday, Feb. 12 at Rogers State University.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is titled “Leadership at Bama” and will begin at 11 a.m. in the Will Rogers Auditorium on the RSU campus in Claremore.

Ms. Marshall-Chapman was raised in Tulsa and spent her teenage years working at the Bama Companies.

She assumed responsibility as CEO of the Bama Companies in 1984, which includes Bama Pie, Bama Foods, Bama Frozen Dough, Base, and Beijing Bama. Under her leadership, Bama has expanded to provide a wide variety of frozen desserts and baked goods to restaurants around the world.

She received a bachelor of science in business in 1982 and a Ph.D. in commercial science in 1993 from Oklahoma City University.

She has devoted her life to community service, and has led the Bama Companies in supporting a variety of community service projects. The Bama Companies was named the Most Family-Friendly Corporation in Tulsa in 2000.

In 1992, she was named one of the nation’s top ten chief executives by Industry Week Magazine.

She has served as chair of the Tulsa Metro Chamber of Commerce, and has served on the boards of the Bank of Oklahoma, Helmerich and Payne, American Fidelity Corp., Ronald McDonald House and the University of Tulsa. She is advisor to Meinders School of Business at Oklahoma City University.

She is married to Todd Chapman, and has three daughters, one son, and three grandchildren.

The late Carl G. and Gladys L. Herrington established the Herrington Distinguished Lectureship Endowment through the Rogers State University Foundation. Ms. Marshall Chapman’s presentation is the ninth in the Herrington Lectureship series. The Herringtons initiated the lectureship endowment as a way to provide exceptional educational opportunities at RSU. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education provided matching funds for the endowment.

Mr. Herrington, a retired Exxon executive, served on the RSU Foundation Board of Directors and was a longtime supporter of the university. In 1990, RSU awarded Mr. Herrington its highest honor, the Jefferson Fellow Award. The university’s Herrington Hall, which houses RSU’s business and computer science programs, was named in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Herrington.  Representing the Herrington family at the lecture will be Mr. Herrington’s sister, Margaret Herrington, of Tecumseh, Okla.

For more information on the Herrington Lecture, call (918) 343-7773.