• Jerry Hudson (posthumously)

    Jerry Hudson bled orange. He loved all things OSU, especially sports. After earning his bachelor’s degree and MBA from OSU, he began what would become a distinguished career in banking, with his longest run as president and CEO of Valley National Bank. He finished his career by stepping away from banking and becoming the executive vice president at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma. Hudson’s leadership, business acumen and health care experience made him the ideal candidate to lead the OSU Medical Authority & Trust, which owns the OSU Medical Center. Hudson unexpectedly passed away in August 2018, but his legacy lives on as the OSU Medical Center continues to flourish for the greater good of Oklahoma and leads the nation in producing exceptional osteopathic physicians. 

  • Ted Haynes

    Ted Haynes has long been a champion of health, of rural communities and of OSU-Tulsa. Haynes grew up on his parents’ cotton farm in Roscoe, Texas, a rural community of about 1,300 people. He and his wife, Shiela, moved to Tulsa in 2012, where he served as president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma until October 2018. Haynes’ alma maters include Stephen F. Austin State University and Southern Methodist University; however he and his wife have been huge supporters of OSU. Their connection deepened when their son graduated from OSU in December 2015. Under Haynes’ leadership, BCBSOK joined OSU’s prestigious Proud & Immortal Society, which recognizes supporters who have given $1 million or more to OSU. BCBSOK has supported several areas within the OSU system including scholarships, telemedicine and Project ECHO. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma Patient Waiting Area in the A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Medical Academic Building is named in honor of BCBSOK’s generosity to OSU Center for Health Sciences.

  • Gary L. Trennepohl Ph.D.

    OSU-Tulsa exists as it is today largely due to the efforts of Gary Trennepohl. Named the first president of OSU-Tulsa in 1999, Trennepohl led the campus’ transition from the four-institution University Center at Tulsa to an urban comprehensive research university. A native Tulsan, Trennepohl earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tulsa, a MBA from Utah State University and, after serving in the U.S. Air Force, a doctorate from Texas Tech University. He has held faculty and administrative appointments at Texas A&M University, University of Missouri-Columbia and Arizona State University and was Dean of the OSU College of Business Administration, now the Spears School of Business. Trennepohl recognized the importance of integrating OSU-Tulsa into the Tulsa community and served on the boards of many Tulsa nonprofit organizations. In 2009, much to his students’ delight, he returned to a full-time faculty position and taught classes in Tulsa and Stillwater until retiring in 2015. He was recognized for his contributions to Tulsa and higher education when he was inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame in 2013 and the Tulsa Hall of Fame in 2015. In 2014, Trennepohl received the OSU Loyal and True award, which honors those who personify the spirit of OSU through unwavering devotion and personal sacrifice.

  • Glenda Love Williams

    Glenda Love Williams has long been a champion of education and the Tulsa community. She served as executive director of the Ronald McDonald House in Tulsa for 23 years, supporting families of seriously ill or injured children at Tulsa hospitals. An advocate for women, Williams served on the board for Resonance and the Tulsa’s Women Foundation. She is currently the program director for Stand in the Gap Ministries for Widows. As a member of OSU-Tulsa Board of Trustees for 10 years, Williams helped guide the university’s growth in Tulsa and community outreach efforts. During that time, she chaired the committee to create the historical marker on Standpipe Hill, located on the OSU-Tulsa campus, to commemorate the landmark’s role in the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot. Williams also served on the University Center at Tulsa Board of Trustees for 15 years, dedicated to supporting the development of higher education in Tulsa with a focus on OSU-Tulsa and Langston University. Williams has been honored extensively for her commitment to her community, and was inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame in 2017.

    • JAY HELM

      As a graduate of Oklahoma State University, Jay Helm has long provided leadership for the university and its efforts in Tulsa. Helm has served on the OSU/A&M Board of Regents, the OSU-Tulsa Board of Trustees and was appointed in 2013 to a nine-year term on the Board of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. He also currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the University Center at Tulsa Authority as well as the Board of Trustees for both OSU Medical Authority and the OSU Medical Trust. Helm is chairman of American Residential Group, Ltd., a Tulsa-based multifamily residential properties development and management firm. Helm graduated from Edison High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration at OSU in Stillwater. He also serves on the Tulsa Regional Chamber board of directors and executive committee.


      Lynn Schusterman and her late husband, Charles Schusterman, established the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation in 1987 to benefit education, child advocacy and youth leadership programs in Tulsa and Oklahoma. Nationally, the Foundation focuses on improving public education, supporting initiatives to provide high-quality training and resources for teachers and to increase the number of students from low-income families who graduate from high school prepared for college and the workplace. The Foundation also works to strengthen Israel and Jewish communities around the world. OSU-Tulsa is the beneficiary of the Foundation’s generous support of student scholarships. The Foundation also provides assistance for OSUTeach, a program designed to attract students with science and mathematics majors to careers in secondary education. Charles Schusterman passed away in 2000. Lynn and their daughter, Stacy, are co-chairs of the Foundation and lead the family’s commitment to investing in young people and strengthening communities.


      Henry Zarrow, who was affectionately known to many as “Mr. Henry,” founded the Sooner Pipe and Supply Company in Tulsa at age 22. A highly successful businessman, Zarrow was also known for his giving spirit. In the 1980s, he and his wife, Anne, established the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, a broadbased organization to support programs benefitting children, the disadvantaged, health programs, education and medical research, primarily in Tulsa. Among the foundation’s benefactors are Tulsa Public Schools, the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless, the Tulsa City-County Library, The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges and LIFE Senior Services. The foundation generously supports OSU, providing scholarships for students at OSU-Tulsa and OSUCHS and helping fund programs such as OSU-Tulsa’s Center for Family Resilience. The organization provided support for the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation Lecture Hall in the OSU-CHS A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Medical Academic Building set for completion in 2017.


      Bryan Boyd Close has long been a champion of OSU and the university’s efforts in Tulsa. He was born in Kearney, Neb., during World War II and traveled around the country due to his father’s military service. He moved to his mother’s hometown of Tulsa and fell in love with the vibrant community. He graduated from Tulsa’s Edison High School and earned his bachelor’s degree from OSU. In 1974, his father founded the welding fitting company, CloseBend, Inc., and hired Close to do accounting. He eventually joined the company full time and has remained with the family business for more than 40 years. Close is a well-known community volunteer, currently serving on many local advisory boards, the OSU Foundation Board of Trustees and the OSU College of Human Sciences Partners Association, and is a member of the OSU President’s Fellows. He was also co-chair for the wildly successful 2013 A Stately Affair in Tulsa.


      Peggy Helmerich has devoted countless hours to improving health care, education, arts, libraries and other charitable endeavors. She earned degrees from Gulf Park College and Northwestern University before launching a successful career as an actress, co-starring in eight movies for Universal-International. After only three years, Helmerich retired from show business and relocated with her husband, Walter H. Helmerich, III, to his hometown of Tulsa. While raising five sons, Helmerich developed a passion for charity work. She served on the Tulsa City- County Library Commission from 1973-1997, was chair of the organization from 1982-1984 and was a member of the Tulsa Library Trust from 1981-1994, serving as president from 1981-1984. The Peggy V. Helmerich Library in south Tulsa was named in her honor, and the Helmerich Research Center at OSU-Tulsa was named after Peggy and Walt. She continues to volunteer with numerous community organizations, including the Tulsa Ballet, Tulsa Symphony, Tulsa Garden Center and Friends of the OSU Library.

    • BOB E. JONES

      The legacy of Bob Jones continues to impact students at the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine and D.O.s in Oklahoma nearly 15 years after his passing. As executive director of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association from 1969-1999, Jones was known as a stabilizing influence, counselor and friend to all osteopathic physicians. Jones played a major role in the establishment of the Oklahoma College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery, the nation’s first freestanding state-supported college of osteopathic medicine, and was a driving force that led to the college becoming part of OSU in 1988. During his tenure at OOA, the number of osteopathic physicians in Oklahoma increased from 300 to 1,200, with more than half serving in rural communities. He provided counseling to students and helped found the Oklahoma Educational Foundation for Osteopathic Medicine, which provides scholarships to students of osteopathic medicine. He authored The Difference a D.O. Makes, which is provided to osteopathic medicine students across the country.


      A champion of the underserved, Bishop Edward James Slattery has helped thousands of Oklahomans receive food, shelter and health care as the result of his leadership of Catholic Charities of Tulsa. A Chicago native, Slattery was the second of seven children born to William Edward Slattery and Winifred Margaret Brennan. He then attended St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, where he received a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Divinity and also obtained a master’s degree from Loyola University. He was ordained a priest on April 26, 1966 for the Archdiocese of Chicago and served as associate pastor of St. Jude the Apostle Parish from 1966 to 1971. He began his service with the Catholic Church Extension Society in 1971, working as vice president through 1976 and president until 1994. While working at Extension, Slattery was appointed associate pastor of St. Rose of Lima Parish and later served as pastor. On Jan. 6, 1994, Pope John Paul II ordained Slattery as the third bishop of the Diocese of Tulsa.


      As Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, Benge was instrumental in brokering a deal to prevent the OSU Medical Center from closing in 2008. During his 12 years in the Oklahoma Legislature, Benge served in several key leadership positions. Following his legislative career, Benge worked in Mayor Dewey Bartlett’s administration as director of intergovernmental and enterprise development. A graduate of OSU-Tulsa, Benge joined the Tulsa Regional Chamber in August 2011 as senior vice president of governmental affairs.


      Halligan served as president of OSU from 1994-2004 and provided the visionary leadership to establish the campus in Tulsa. As the chief executive officer for the OSU system, Halligan emphasized student success, increased retention and graduation rates, encouraged the development of national scholars and invested more than $200 million in facilities. Halligan also expanded the university’s research and economic development efforts. In 2008, Halligan was elected to represent the citizens of District 21 in the Oklahoma Senate.


      As president of Tulsa Community College, Dr. Tom McKeon provided leadership and guidance for nearly 20,000 students a year. McKeon started with TCC in 1980, and served in a number of administrative roles, including executive vice president and chief operating officer before being named TCC’s third president in 2004 and retiring in 2014. McKeon led an initiative to encourage high school students to attend college concurrently through the Attend College Early program and introduced the Tulsa Achieves program for graduating high school seniors in Tulsa County.

    • B. FRANK SHAW, D.O.

      Shaw is a primary care physician at University Heights Center Medical Clinic in Muskogee. He has served as an adjunct clinical faculty member for the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, is a physician mentor for OSU-COM students and was on the OSU Center for Health Sciences Physicians Advisory Council for 20 years. In 2007, the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association honored Shaw as the Doctor of the Year. He is a past president of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association and the Oklahoma Society of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. He was appointed by Gov. Brad Henry to the Oklahoma State Board of Osteopathic Examiners from 2006-2012.


      The H.A. and Mary K. Chapman Charitable Trust is an organization originated by Tulsans H.A. Chapman, an independent oil and gas producer, and Mary Chapman, a nurse. The Chapman Trust provides support for nonprofit organizations involved in a wide variety of charitable purposes including education, health and human services, arts and culture, civic and community interests, and nature and wildlife.


      An active community leader, Johnson is the president and chief executive officer of the J&A Group. He retired as senior vice president and chief administrative officer of Tulsa-based Williams Companies in 2008. He currently serves as board member of the Oklahoma Conference for Community and Justice, the Tulsa Community Foundation and the Oklahoma Affiliate of the Health Care Service Corporation. He also previously served on the OSU-Tulsa Board of Trustees in several leadership roles.


      McCullough is an internist/hospitalist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Tulsa. He is a former professor at the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine and trustee of the OSU Medical Center. In addition, he has served in different capacities for the American Osteopathic Association, the American Osteopathic Foundation and the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association.

    • EBB REEVES, D.O.

      Reeves is a retired family practitioner and former chief of staff at the OSU Medical Center in Tulsa. He helped organize the OSU Medical Center Trust and supported the 2009 legislation that allocates $5 million a year to support the hospital’s operations. He now serves as trustee of the OSU Medical Center. In April, he received the “Doctor of the Decades” award from the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association in honor of his successful career.

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