Anyone who has been in Claremore long has probably met Brandon Irby in some capacity. From city government to Claremore Collective to Rogers State University and countless board and committees in between, Irby is working behind the scenes for Claremore in countless ways.
Currently, Irby serves as the Director or Communications and Marketing at Rogers State University.
“As a proud graduate of RSU, I find it a privilege to share and celebrate the impact that RSU has on the life of its students and throughout the region,” he said.
“I arrived in Claremore in the fall of 2009. Having grown up in a neighboring community, Claremore's charm and personality mixed with its world-class amenities really spoke to me. Claremore has a rich history, a quality of life unique to itself and attractions for the entire family. Claremore is special gem in tapestry of northeast Oklahoma.”
Q. What does it mean to be a Hillcat? How is RSU different than other universities?
Being a Hillcat means belonging to something bigger than yourself. RSU had a transformational impact on my life. RSU students come from a long tradition of life on College Hill. Tracing its roots to 1909, RSU celebrates 20 years as an accredited university this year. Belonging to a vibrant student body with small class sizes led by accomplished and dedicated faculty make for an experience that is truly unique to RSU.
Q. What other projects/organizations are you actively involved in within the community?
I've feel fortunate to have been a part of many exciting advancements in Claremore. I've had the privilege to serve on the Claremore Main Street Board of Directors, Leadership Team of Claremore Collective, RSU Alumni Association Advisory Board, and participate in Leadership Rogers County. While there have been many exciting projects throughout the years, the one that amazes me to this day is the revitalization of the Claremore Mountain Bike and Hiking Trails at Claremore Lake. Josh Froman initially rallied the cause and Rory Peterson has made the system into a regional destination attraction. It's a perfect example of passionate citizens taking pride and ownership of their community.
Q What's your favorite song to listen to in the car on the way to work?
The song Birmingham by Shovels and Rope has been on heavy rotation on my commute. It's a semi-autobiographical story of how the musical duo came together. It's foundation is a driving rhythm paired with melodic refrains and dual blasts of twang and harmony. Anyone looking for good music should seek out Musician's Haven in Claremore. Andy and Sarah Fiegner host some of the best regional acts. Maybe, one day, they will land Shovels and Rope.
Q. What's your dream vacation destination?
My wife is from Montana. She came to Claremore to play college soccer and we met while were students at RSU. As a result, I've come to love the rugged outdoors. My next bucket list destination is Glacier National Park adjacent to Banf, Canada.