January 2019 Graduate

Clint Purtell

Home Town: Frisco, TX
Tribe: Oklahoma Choctaw
Scholarship: SPGSF Graduate
School: Oklahoma State University
Major: PhD
GPA: 3.86

Volunteer Football Coach, Frisco Football League
Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Layperson and Head Usher,
Prosper United Methodist Church Vice President and Treasurer,
Liberty High School Booster Club Board Member,
Honor Courage Commitment
Volunteer Assistant Baseball Coach,
Frisco Baseball Association,
Volunteer, Jr Achievement

Clint Purtell, an Oklahoma Choctaw is a non-traditional PhD student at Oklahoma State University.  He is the grandson of a life long US Marine, great grandson of one of the last enrollees of the Dawes Treaty and the great-great grandson of the first Federal Marshall  in the former Indian Territory (now Oklahoma).  Clint holds a Bachelors degree in Finance from Oklahoma City University, an MBA from Belmont University, and an Executive Scholar certification from Northwestern University (Kellogg).

Following a career in corporate America as a negotiator,  he chose to enter academia to obtain a PhD in Entrepreneurship and help Universities develop programs to teach negotiations to students, as well as support entrepreneurship and small business development in tribal communities.  Clint has a passion for entrepreneurship, and in addition to having built, owned and sold a franchise, has served as a Board member and volunteer in two entrepreneurship incubator charities supporting veterans transitioning from active duty to civilian life.

Clint also volunteers in local youth organizations and sports associations, serving as a football and baseball coach.   He and his family are members of Prosper United Methodist Church, where they attend regularly.

Upon graduation, Clint hopes to obtain a full professorship at a research University to research entrepreneurs and negotiations, as well as the science of “the pitch” that entrepreneurs must successfully perform in order to obtain finance, customers, or other partnerships.