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James Farha

Jim Farha has served as President of Oklahoma Student Loan Authority (OSLA) since June 1988. Prior to joining OSLA, he was with the law firm of Kerr Irvine Rhodes & Ables from 1998-99; served as President and Chief Executive Office of Standard Life from 1988-98 and Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Standard Life from 1976-88; and was an Attorney for the Receiver of Standard Life & Accident Insurance Company from 1974-75. He began his legal career as General Counsel of the State Insurance Department in 1969. Jim’s military service includes Captain in the United States Army Quartermaster Corps, active duty 1967-69, and one year of duty in Vietnam from 1967-68 on the MACV Advisory Team 87. He received his BBA in Business from the University of Oklahoma and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. He is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association.

Highlights of his career include the following:

  • Association of Life Insurance, Counsel,
  • Oklahoma Life and Health Guaranty Association, Chair
  • Oklahoma Life Insurance Companies, President and Chair
  • National Organization of Life and Health Guaranty Associations, Chair
  • National Council of Higher Education Resources, Board of Governors,
  • Education Finance Council, Chair and Board of Directors

Jim has been a member of Rotary International for 48 years. He has been a member of Board of Directors of Rotary Club 29, Salvation Army, Y.M.C.A. Camp Classen, and Easter Seals of Oklahoma. He is also a member of Saint Elijah Orthodox Christian Church having served as Chair and President of the Parish Council. Jim and his wife, Saundra, have been married for 40 years and have three children, Jennifer, Christopher, and Andrew, a grandson, Sammy, and a granddaughter, Sarah.

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