Brian Epperson

Dean for the Chesapeake Energy School of Business, Associate Professor of Business

Chesapeake Energy School of Business
Ph.D., University of Oklahoma M.A., Oklahoma State University B.A., Northeastern State University

Mission & Passion

My mission and purpose is to live a life in service to others and in doing so, help guide them to a greater realization of their own ultimate purpose, giftedness, and inimitable potential.

I consider teaching a privilege but most importantly, a tremendous responsibility and an enormous opportunity to make a contribution that extends well beyond one’s work and life. I believe to be most effective as a professor is to approach teaching as that of a “Sherpa”, an ethnic people group from Nepal paid to guide and lead mountain climbing expeditions up Mt. Everest. While critical to the success of the expedition and the safety of the climbers, they never appear in the pictures or are offered credit for the achievement – they are there for the sake of the climbers. I feel there is no better model for the academy.

Favorite Verses/Quotations

“Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant.” – Matthew 20:26

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” – Romans 12:2

“Envy is ignorance. Imitation is suicide…A man must consider what a rich realm he abdicates when he becomes a conformist.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“To every person there comes in their lifetime that special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for the work which could be their finest hour.” – Winston Churchill

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. – Aristotle


  • Business Ethics (Undergraduate)
  • Business Ethics & Leadership (Graduate)
  • Entrepreneurship (Undergraduate)
  • Executive Development (Undergraduate)
  • Human Resource Leadership (Graduate)
  • Human Resource Management (Undergraduate)
  • Introduction to Graduate Studies (Graduate)
  • Introduction to Leadership (Undergraduate)
  • Leading Organizational Change (Graduate)
  • Leading Organizational Change / Development (Undergraduate)
  • The Maxwell Leadership Scholar Program (Undergraduate)
  • Organizational Behavior (Graduate)
  • Personal Individual Leadership (Graduate)
  • Small Business Management (Undergraduate)
  • Strategic Management (Graduate)


  • TYPRos (Tulsa Young Professionals), “Human Resource Leadership” (2011) [Invited]
  • Dunn Institute for Pastors, Oklahoma Wesleyan University “Servant Leadership (2011) [Invited]
  • Broken Arrow Chamber’s Business Conference, “Leadership: The Class We Never Had” (2011) [Invited]
  • Broken Arrow Chamber’s Business Conference, “Personal Leadership” (2011) [Invited]
  • Oklahoma State Human Resources Conference, “Ethics: Earning the Right to Lead” (2011) [Invited]
  • United Methodist Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma “Actualizing Potential” (2011) [Invited]
  • Oklahoma Human Resource Association, “Leadership” (2012) [Invited]
  • Destiny Church, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, “The Imposter” (2012) [Invited]
  • American Society of Training & Development, “Change Management” (2012) [Invited]
  • Covenant Church, McKinney, Texas “Jesus is Enough” (2012) [Invited]
  • Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce Forum Luncheon Keynote, “Earning the Right to Lead” (2013) [Invited]
  • Leadership Broken Arrow Keynote, “Followership and Leadership” (2013) [Invited]
  • Management Leadership Institute, Tulsa, OK “Leadership: Sometimes the Questions Are Complicated, and the Answers are Simple” (2014) [Invited]
  • Focal Point Tulsa, Tulsa, OK, “Leadership: You Can’t Give What You Don’t Have” (2015) [Invited]
  • Bartlesville Chamber of Commerce: “A Culture of Mastery” (2015) [Invited]
  • Sutterfield Financial, Bartlesville, OK, “A Culture of Mastery=Execution” (2015) [Invited]
  • Leadership Broken Arrow: “Mastery” (2015) [Invited]

Executive Coaching, Advisory, Consulting (Selected)

  • Ansarada
  • Cancer Treatment Centers of America (Illinois, Pennsylvania, Arizona)
  • Connolly Healthcare
  • Dover Corporation
  • Feldman, Franden, Woodward, & Farris Law
  • Flanders Electric (Wyoming, Illinois, Indiana)
  • Hexpol Compounding
  • ICMC Holdings
  • John Maxwell Company
  • Joplin Public Schools
  • LAVA International
  • McAnany, Van Cleave & Phillips, P.A. (Regional Law Firm)
  • Microsoft
  • Newfield Exploration
  • Paycom
  • ReliantLive
  • TAHRA (Tulsa Area Human Resource Association)
  • Taylor Industries
  • TD Williamson
  • TokenX
  • True Digital Security
  • Tulsa Press Club
  • North American Mission Board
  • United States Air Force
  • USA Mitchell Cancer Institute
  • Vallourec
  • XOLO

Professional Activities

  • Previous corporate experience as Systems Analyst, Internal Management Consultant, Vice President, Business Transformation & Development
  • CEO & Founder Human Performance Advisors
  • Co-Founder, The Child of Divorce, Inc.
  • Founding Partner, PurposeCast, Inc.
  • Conference & Workshop Presenter: On Leadership, Transformation, High Performance Cultures, The Sanctity of Leadership
  • Current Executive Leadership Coach with Coaching by Cornerstone, the John Maxwell Company, and Mastery Technologies
  • Board of Advisors, True Digital Security
  • Board of Directors, Hodos Leadership Institute


  • CDR Assessments
  • Center for Creative Leadership
  • Hogan Assessments
  • The John Maxwell Company


  • Commissioned Whitepaper: “Leadership in Turbulent Times: The Lesson of the Phoenix”; Company Confidential (2009) [Invited]
  • Commissioned Whitepaper: “Executive Coaching: The Trusted and Reliable Advisor”; Company Confidential (2009) [Invited]
  • Oklahoma Sports and Fitness: “The Old, New Science of Progress and Transformation” (2010-2011) [Invited]
  • Commissioned Whitepaper, “Leadership and the High Performing Culture” (2014-2015) [Invited]
  • Commissioned Whitepaper, “The Leader’s Following” (2014-2015) [Invited]
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