Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences
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2013 Icons for OSU in Tulsa

The Icons for OSU in Tulsa are individuals who have demonstrated significant contributions to OSU-Tulsa, OSU Center for Health Sciences, the city of Tulsa, the state of Oklahoma or humankind.


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.


Chris Benge

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.


Jim Halligan, Ph.D.

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.


Thomas McKeon, Ed.D.

As president of TCC, Dr. Tom McKeon provides leadership and guidance for nearly 20,000 students a year. McKeon has been with TCC since 1980, and has served in a number of administrative roles, including executive vice president and chief operating officer before being named TCC's third president in 2004. McKeon has 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.