Alumnus Patrick Grace Leading Oklahoma Electric Cooperative

Friday, January 15, 2016
Patrick Grace

Patrick Grace

Patrick Grace is another shining example that you can go home again.

The Norman, Oklahoma native came to Rose-Hulman to earn a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, while being a student-athlete. After graduating in 2000 as one of the top point guards in Fighting Engineers basketball history, he returned to the Sooner state for his professional career.

More than 15 years later, Grace has been elevated to chief executive officer (CEO) and general manager of the Oklahoma Electric Cooperative (OEC), a member-owned utility based in Norman that provides electricity to more than 43,000 members and 53,000 accounts in seven central Oklahoma counties. The service area includes approximately 2,200 square miles and 5,400 miles of power line.

Grace, who began this new role on January 1, has spent his entire career with OEC, starting in 2000 as a staff engineer. Since 2006, he has been vice president of engineering and assistant manager.

In his hometown, Grace has served in leadership roles for several community service organizations, including United Way and the Health Impact Council. He has been named among the Norman Chamber of Commerce's NEXT Under 40 (2011) and The (Oklahoma City) Journal Record's Achievers Under 40 (2012).

"Patrick is poised to do great things at OEC," says retiring CEO Mark Meek, who will serve as a special consultant to Grace until later this year. "You can see by all of Patrick's accomplishments in his young career, he is dedicated to carry on OEC's tradition of providing first-class benefits to our employees and reliable service to our members."

At Rose-Hulman, Grace was a four-year member of the men's basketball team, earning All-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference honors and graduating with 307 assists. His average of four assists per game ranks third best in Fighting Engineers history. He also earned the Sam Hulbert Award as the graduating student-athlete from the Class of 2000 who exhibited the best sportsmanship throughout his collegiate career.