The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma

ACM@UCO Faculty and Staff


Scott Booker, CEO and Executive Director

Scott Booker, CEO and Executive Director

Scott Booker began his career in the music industry as a clerk at Sound Warehouse in Midwest City, Okla. in 1981. Soon after, while working at Rainbow Records in Oklahoma City, Scott began promoting small concerts in the surrounding areas. Working with venues like the Pyramid club in Bricktown, Rome 90 in Norman and the Blue Note in Oklahoma City, Scott brought acts like Superchunk, Firehose and Nirvana to the state.

Shortly after graduating with a degree from Central State University in education (emphasis on History), he met local band the Flaming Lips and began managing them in 1990, creating Hellfire Enterprises Ltd., an artist management company. After 20 years, Booker continues to work with the three-time Grammy Award-winning band. Also on the current management roster is Colourmusic on Memphis Industries and Stardeath and White Dwarfs on Warner Bros. Records. He has also worked with Academy Award Nominee Elliott Smith, and other acts like Wheat and British Sea Power.

In 2003 Booker co-founded World’s Fair Label Group – a service company that runs record labels for artists, assisting them with self-releasing their own music. World’s Fair Label Group worked with labels such as Rough Trade, Jeepster, Wichita and labels owned by artists like the Dandy Warhols. In 2008, Booker sold his shares in World’s Fair Label Group to focus on the Flaming Lips and a new educational project.

The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) opened its doors in the fall of 2009 to 160 students.  Booker is the CEO, bringing his knowledge of the music industry to a business and arts-centric program. Discovering the ACM in Europe in 2007, Booker helped bring the Academy to their partnership with UCO.  Booker has brought guests like Roger Daltrey from the Who, Ben Folds, Jackson Browne and Livia Tortella (Pres. of WB Records) to be interviewed by him in Master Classes.


Full-Time Staff

Mitch Bell Program Director, Contemporary Music Performance

Mitch Bell

Program Director,
Contemporary Music Performance

Director of Academic Student Services

Brenda Brent

Director of Academic Student Services

Derek Brown, Manager of the Business Development Center

Derek Brown

Manager of the Business Development Center

Patrick Conlon, Assistant Director

Patrick Conlon

Assistant Director

Joe Gillian

Kendall Deaton

General Maintenance Technician

Alissa Giacona, Administrative Assistant III

Alissa Giacona

Administrative Assistant III

Chris Hicks, Program Director of Contemporary Music Production

Chris Hicks

Program Director,
Contemporary Music Production

Liz Johnson, Director of Public Relations and Marketing

Liz Johnson

Director of Public Relations & Marketing

Nicholas Ley, Program Director, Contemporary Music Business

Nicholas Ley

Program Director,
Contemporary Music Business

Kimberly Slagle, Business Manager

Kimblery Slagle

Business Manager

Stephen Tyler, Technical Operations Manager

Stephen Tyler

Technical Operations Manager


Full-Time Faculty

David Broyles, Full-Time Lecturer

David Broyles

Full-Time Lecturer

Joe Gillian, Full-Time Lecturer

Joe Gillian

Full-Time Lecturer

Danny Hargis, Full-Time Lecturer

Danny Hargis

Full-Time Lecturer

Scott Keeton, Full-Time Lecturer

Scott Keeton

Full-Time Lecturer

Geoff Koch, Full-Time Lecturer

Geoff Koch

Full-Time Lecturer

Than Medlum, Full-Time Lecturer

Than Medlam

Full-Time Lecturer

Dustin Ragland, Full-Time Lecturer

Dustin Ragland

Full-Time Lecturer

Sephra Scheuber, Full-Time Lecturer

Sephra Scheuber

Full-Time Lecturer

Michael Trepagnier, Full-Time Lecturer

Michael Trepagnier

Full-Time Lecturer

Justin Walke, Full-Time Lecturer

Justin Walke

Full-Time Lecturer