Robert L. “Bob” Allen

Robert L. "Bob" Allen was born May 22, 1939 to Corliss and Katherine Allen in El Reno, Oklahoma. He attended all 12 grades in El Reno public schools and graduated high school in 1957. He later graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1962.

Known as "Mr. OETA," he served in top leadership positions first as OETA Executive Director from 1972 to 1999 and then as OETA Foundation President from 1999 to 2014. During his 42 year tenure, he presided over a period of growth in facilities, programming, local productions and public support unparalleled in OETA’s history. Allen began with a small totally state funded basement operation in 1972 and built it into an annual operation of more than $8 million secured from a broad base of support distributed between the public and private sectors.

Hall of Fame Inductee

Robert L. “Bob” Allen
was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in

Recent Publications


They Said It Couldn't Be Done

Robert L. Allen had strong Scottish roots and a pioneering spirit, which he used to transform the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority. He championed original programming and developed partnerships with industry leaders to leverage resources for the public good. He was an entrepreneur who sought dividends for the public good, and the OETA Foundation flourished during his tenure.

More Than A Championship

Oklahoma State University's 2011 season was a record-breaking success, led by a National Coach of the Year. The team's connection with a young fan and the grief of losing a loved one during the season provided the greatest reward. More Than A Championship celebrates the successes and failures of OSU's greatest season ever.