2018 Regents' Alumni Awards Honorees
Mo Anderson, Oklahoma City, graduated from OU with a bachelor of science degree in education. The daughter of a tenant farmer, Anderson grew up in the Drummond-Waukomis area in northwest Oklahoma. She worked her way through college and served as an elementary music teacher for 14 years in Ponca City before opening her first real estate office, a Century 21 franchise, in Edmond in 1975, and grew it into the third top-producing office out of 7,500 Century 21 locations in North America. Anderson joined Keller Williams in 1991, when she opened the first KW franchise outside of the state of Texas. She moved on to become the regional director for Oklahoma and co-owner of the two Keller Williams market centers. In 1995, Anderson headed up Keller Williams and helped it grow from 35 to more than 600 offices. Her interactions with OU faculty, administration and, most importantly, students are positive and enthusiastic.
Anderson has been a generous OU supporter across many areas of the university. Between her personal giving and her foundation, she has contributed more than $1.25 million in support of numerous areas. She established the Richard T. Anderson Chair in Neuroscience in the College of Pharmacy to honor her husband. The chair allowed the College of Pharmacy to expand its research in disorders of the nervous system, including Parkinson’s disease, and is vital for the recruitment and retention of a high-caliber leader in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
On the Norman campus, the Faith Broome Playwright-in-Residence position is made possible by a generous endowment created by the Andersons in honor of Anderson’s sister. The residency offers a unique opportunity for a playwright to devote time to his or her writing and to make a significant contribution to new play development within the university and professional theater communities. Anderson and her husband also are regular contributors to the President’s Associates program. She is also a generous supporter of OU Athletics programs.
Last year, Anderson was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. A tireless supporter of community causes and generous volunteer, Anderson founded KW Cares, a nonprofit that assists Keller Williams Realty associates and their families in times of need. She led KW Cares in raising more than $5.3 million for Keller Williams associates affected by Hurricane Katrina. She has twice been named Oklahoma’s Women in Business Advocate of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration, is listed in Who’s Who in American Women and has been named one of REALTOR Magazine’s Top 25 Most Influential People in Real Estate. Anderson has been active on the boards of Edmond Memorial Hospital, Francis Tuttle Vo-Tech Foundation and Daily Living Center. She established the Gregg Foundation, a philanthropic organization to aid the elderly, in memory of her parents.
In 2015, Anderson published a book about her life and philosophy titled A Joy-Filled Life: Lessons from a Tenant Farmer’s Daughter Who Became a CEO.
Nominated by: JoLaine R. Draugalis, RPh., Ph.D., FAPhA, FASHP, Dean and David Ross Boyd Professor, Phil C. and Ferne Ashby Endowed Dean’s Chair, OU College of Pharmacy; and Rex Urice, Director of Development, College of Pharmacy, Director of Planned Giving, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Campus
Michael C. Hollinger
Michael C. Hollinger completed his bachelor of science degree in computer engineering in 2004 and his master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering in 2005, both from the University of Oklahoma. After graduation, Hollinger began his career as a developer with IBM Austin’s firmware team. He spent a couple of years in Taiwan, helping to build and lead a team for IBM, and is now a senior technical staff member, working to democratize artificial intelligence technology in IBM’s Cognitive Systems Group. Hollinger is an IBM Master Inventor, recognizing his contributions to the IBM patent portfolio and mentorship to the development community. Originally from Florida, Hollinger grew up in Tennessee, went to school in Oklahoma, and has worked in Texas, Minnesota, New York and Taiwan. When he’s not tinkering, he’s either running on a trail in Austin, Texas, alongside his husband, David, or trying out a new recipe in the kitchen.
Nominated by: Susy Calonkey, Director of Development, Gallogly College of Engineering
Kenneth J. Levit
Kenneth J. Levit served as the second president of the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa from 2001 to 2006. However, his commitment to the campus did not end when he left his position to become executive director of the George Kaiser Family Foundation. Under his leadership, the George Kaiser Family Foundation has invested over $82 million in OU, with most of that being directed toward the OU-Tulsa campus.
The most transformative gift made by the George Kaiser Family Foundation to OU was $50 million to establish the OU-TU School of Community Medicine. The school was the first medical school of its kind in the nation — with an explicit commitment to improve the health of entire communities, particularly rural and urban underserved individuals. Levit not only helped facilitate the foundation’s investment in the school but also has served as an adviser and advocate since its establishment in 2008. Levit also will serve as the Commencement speaker for the 2019 OU-TU School of Community Medicine Commencement in May.
At the direction of George Kaiser, Levit has helped lead community efforts in the development of programs focused on early childhood. As a result, the Early Childhood Education Institute was established at OU-Tulsa, advancing and supporting early childhood programming and policies by generating, disseminating and applying meaningful research. The ECEI has more than a decade of expertise collaborating with early childhood programs in Northeast Oklahoma. As the Local Evaluation Partner for all three Tulsa Educare sites, the ECEI has assessed children, observed and provided feedback about classroom practice, and interviewed participating families. The ECEI also has partnered with CAP-Tulsa Head Start and Early Head Start programs for more than 12 years and provided program evaluation for the OECP (Oklahoma Early Childhood Program) that serves infants and toddlers statewide. Levit’s vision for the importance of early childhood education in Oklahoma has helped ECEI become a national leader in infant and toddler research.
Levit works hand-in-hand with the university to identify and recruit new faculty, establish programs that benefit the Tulsa community while enriching the educational experience of students, and continuously serves as an advocate for the OU-Tulsa campus within the broader university and Tulsa communities.
He was a key leader with the Metro Tulsa Chamber of Commerce for the Vision 2025 bond issue package that included funds for the construction of the Schusterman Center Clinic at OU-Tulsa. The clinic provides a central location for medical services and OU Physicians currently has more than 250,000 annual patient visits. Without Levit’s leadership and perseverance to make sure OU was included in the Vision 2025 bond package, the university would not have been included. In addition, he currently serves on OU’s Committee on OU-Tulsa, which was recently formed to identify growth opportunities for the university in Northeastern Oklahoma.
Prior to serving OU and the Kaiser Family Foundation, Levit was special counsel to George Tenet, director of the Central Intelligence Agency. He practiced corporate law from 1995 to 1998 at the law firm of Crowe & Dunlevy in Tulsa.
Levit is involved in several civic activities. He served as the chairman of the Homeland Security Task Force for the State of Oklahoma, and currently serves as chair of Teach for America-Oklahoma, Teach for America National Council and as chair of the Tulsa Regional Chamber Tulsa’s Future Commission. He leads the board of the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa.
Levit earned his law degree from Yale Law School in 1994 and received his undergraduate degree from Brown University in 1987. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame in 2004 as the Maxine Cissel Horner Spirit of Community Excellence Award recipient. In 2015 he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Holland Hall High School.
Levit has been an integral component of the expansion and growth of the OU-Tulsa campus and has continued to envision new ways for OU to enrich the Tulsa community through research, education and collaborations. His guidance has helped promote public and private “partnerships” to identify community issues and create solutions to address them.
Nominated by: John Shumann, M.D., President of the University of Oklahoma–Tulsa
Thad Luckinbill, Los Angeles, graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1997 with a bachelor of arts in finance and economics from the Michael F. Price School of Business Administration. He is a member of the Delta Tau Delta chapter at OU and a Life Member of the OU Alumni Association. Shortly after graduating, Luckinbill moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry, where he found success as both an actor and producer. Over his 20-year career, he has appeared in over 50 television and film projects. Luckinbill made his feature film debut in Paramount’s “Just Married” in 2003 with some of his recent credits including Warner Brothers’ “The Good Lie” with Reese Witherspoon and Sony’s “Only the Brave”. He most recently acted alongside Chris Hemsworth in “12 Strong” which was released by Warner Brothers in 2018 based on the book, “The Horse Soldiers.”
In television, Thad started his career in 1999 when he was cast on the Emmy-winning drama “The Young and the Restless” in a role he played for the next 11 years. After a series of network pilots, he landed one of his favorite ongoing prime time TV role’s on ABC’s “8 Simple Rules,” where he had the opportunity to work with veteran actors such as John Ritter, Cybil Shepard and Henry Winkler. Thad has been involved in a variety of shows such as “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Nikita,” “Law and Order,” “Major Crimes” and multiple CSI franchise shows. He also starred in several Hallmark movies, which still remain his mother’s favorites.
In 2013, Thad and Trent Luckinbill formed Black Label Media as an independent studio with the goal to finance and produce prestige commercial content in film and television. Black Label has produced acclaimed films such as “Sicario” and the sequel, “Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado.” The three-time Academy Award nominated Sicario premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for multiple awards, including Critics’ Choice and Producers Guild awards for Best Film with Trent and Thad both receiving producing nominations. Black Label’s “La La Land” was released in 2017 and garnered a record 14 Academy Award and seven Golden Globe nominations. Black Label also recently produced “12 Strong” with fellow producer Jerry Bruckheimer, as well as other titles including “’71,” “Only the Brave,” “Sierra Burgess” and “Begin Again,” among others. Black Label has produced, or is in development on, over 25 film and television projects, including a large television production with Apple and feature films with Netflix, Fox and Sony set for this year.
Nominated by Renzi Stone, University of Oklahoma Regent
Trent Luckinbill, Los Angeles, was born and raised in Enid, Oklahoma, and earned a bachelor of arts degree in finance from the University of Oklahoma Michael F. Price School of Business in 1997, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 2000. He is a member of the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity and a Life Member of the OU Alumni Association. Luckinbill began his legal career as a lawyer at the Department of Justice, where he served as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division and later Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust Division analyzing large corporate mergers and acquisitions for approval in energy, financial, telecommunications, information technology, and domestic and international intellectual property rights.
During his time at the Department of Justice, Luckinbill also was a member of the Committee on Foreign Investment, which reviewed applications of foreign investment in the United States. Luckinbill was appointed by the Attorney General to serve as the Deputy Executive Director of DOJ’s Task Force on Intellectual Property and represented DOJ’s intellectual property interests internationally.
In 2008, Luckinbill served at the United States Department of Treasury’s Office of Financial Stability working to develop programs and financial structures to respond to the economic concerns in 2008-2009. He worked to implement the department’s Troubled Asset Relief Program passed by Congress and signed into law by the president in 2008. Trent is admitted to the bar of Oklahoma, Texas, New York, District of Columbia, The Supreme Court of the United States, and the 5th, 9th, and 11th Circuit Courts of Appeal.
In 2013, Thad and Trent Luckinbill formed Black Label Media as an independent studio with the goal to finance and produce prestige commercial content in film and television. Black Label has produced acclaimed films such as “Sicario” and the sequel, “Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado.” The three-time Academy Award nominated “Sicario” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for multiple awards, including Critics’ Choice and Producers Guild awards for Best Film, with Trent and Thad both receiving producing nominations. Black Label’s “La La Land” was released in 2017 and garnered a record 14 Academy Award and seven Golden Globe nominations. Black Label also recently produced “12 Strong” with fellow producer Jerry Bruckheimer, as well as other titles including “’71,” “Only the Brave,” “Sierra Burgess” and “Begin Again,” among others. Black Label has produced, or is in development on, over 25-five film and television projects, including a large television production with Apple and feature films with Netflix, Fox and Sony set for this year.
Nominated by Renzi Stone, University of Oklahoma Regent
Cynda Capps Ottaway
Cynda Capps Ottaway earned her bachelor of arts degree in English in 1975 from the University of Oklahoma and her juris doctorate from the OU College of Law in 1978. As a law student, Ottaway was a member of the Order of the Coif and the Oklahoma Law Review. She earned the Corpus Juris Secundum and American Jurisprudence awards. During her undergraduate studies, she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, President’s Honor Roll, President’s Scholar, Mortar Board and Who’s Who in American Colleges & Universities.
Ottaway is chairwoman of the Private Wealth and Closely-held Business Practice Group at the Oklahoma City law firm of Crowe and Dunlevy. She has served as a member of the Board of Visitors for the College of Law since 2015 and has been an engaged and respected board member who has helped the college reach some of its greatest accomplishments, particularly with fundraising.
From 2017-2018, the College of Law awarded a record $1.2 million in scholarships to students. Ottaway also was instrumental in the College of Law’s successful involvement in OU Giving Day by tirelessly soliciting classmates and participating in a social media video series encouraging other alumni to donate. In part because of her extensive efforts, the College of Law raised over $81,000.
In addition to being a member of the OU College of Law Board of Visitors, Ottaway serves on OU’s Honors College Board of Visitors and Breast Health Institute. She has been honored as a Journal Record Woman of the Year Finalist and OKC Friday Newspaper’s OKC’s 50 Most Powerful Women Recipient in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017.
Ottaway’s professional honors include being ranked in Super Lawyers, Estate Planning and Probate (2006-present); listed in Best Lawyers in the field of Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, Non-Profit/Charities Law, Tax Law, Trusts and Estates (1989-present); and named Best Lawyers 2014, 2010 Lawyer of the Year (Oklahoma City) in the field of Trusts and Estates. She was named Best Lawyers 2012 Lawyer of the Year (Oklahoma City) in the field of Nonprofits/Charities.
Ottaway’s widespread professional involvement has not curtailed her strong commitment to community service. She has been a member of countless community boards, including serving as chair-elect of the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 2016 co-chair of the Museum of Art’s Renaissance Ball and as a longtime member of the Board of Directors of the United Way.
Ottaway has been an exceptional alumnus through her professional and community involvement. Her extensive engagement in improving the practice of law is evidenced by her participation as past president of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, the leading trust and estate organization of peer-elected trust and estate lawyers. She has been a member for over 25 years and has served in several other leadership roles with ACTEC, including service on the executive committee, board of regents and the ACTEC Foundation. She is renowned for her legal expertise, demonstrated by the innumerable leadership positions she has held in both the Oklahoma Bar Association and American Bar Association, where she served as vice chair of the Real Property, Probate and Trust section for five years.
Nominated by: Camal Pennington, Director of Annual Giving, OU College of Law
Claudia San Pedro
Claudia San Pedro received a Professional MBA from the University of Oklahoma Michael F. Price College of Business in 2001. She holds an undergraduate degree from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. San Pedro has participated in the C-Suite Confidential program, benefiting MBA students at the Gene Rainbolt Graduate School of Business in Oklahoma City. She was instrumental in steering corporate support for the naming of the SONIC Catering Kitchen at the Rainbolt Graduate School, as well as connecting SONIC with the Price College of Business Office of Diversity & Inclusion and its Multicultural Business Program, to provide undergraduate students with mentors and internship and career opportunities.
San Pedro is a member of the Price College of Business Board of Advisors and Adams Society. She is a Distinguished Alumni Award recipient of the college and is active in the JCPenney Leadership Program and Women in Business Leadership Conference, where she has given the keynote address. In addition, she is a member of the OU President’s Associates.
San Pedro serves as president for the Oklahoma City-based SONIC Drive-In, part of the Inspire Brands family of restaurants. She assumed her role in January 2018 after joining SONIC in 2006 as vice president of investor relations and treasurer. In that role, she directed financial planning, procurement and investment of funds for the organization and formulated investor relations strategy, as well as overseeing communications with the investment community. San Pedro was promoted to executive vice president and chief financial officer in 2015, and was responsible for SONIC’s financial planning practices, as well as the brand’s relationship with lending institutions, shareholders and the financial community.
Prior to joining SONIC, she served as the director for the Oklahoma Office of State Finance. Appointed by Gov. Brad Henry in 2005, she was the first female and first Hispanic to serve as director of state finance for Oklahoma. Before joining OSF and the Henry administration, she served as the assistant director of the Oklahoma State Senate fiscal staff and a staff budget analyst for the Senate appropriations subcommittees on education, human services and general government.
A member of the Adams Society, San Pedro has been a generous supporter of the Price College of Business, not only financially, but by donating of her time and expertise, as well by serving on the college’s Board of Advisors.
San Pedro and her husband, Paul Sund, support many areas of OU with their generosity, including Sooner Heritage Scholarships, Women’s Leadership Initiatives, the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center, KGOU Radio and the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education.
She presently serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, BOK Financial and the Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools.
San Pedro is eager and enthusiastic about connecting OU and Price College students with the Oklahoma business sector and beyond. Her advocacy through her many associations has helped at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. San Pedro is an active alumna who takes her role to advance the work of OU seriously, and she never misses a chance to tell others about the world-class opportunities available at OU and the Price College.
Nominated by: Daniel Pullin, Dean, Michael F. Price College 0f Business, and Kristen Lazalier, Executive Director, Office of External Relations, Michael F. Price College of Business
Lee Allan Smith
Lee Allan Smith earned his bachelor of arts degree in business administration from the University of Oklahoma in 1953. While at OU, he pledged Phi Gamma Delta and served as social chairman, rush chairman and intramural chairman. In addition, he was master of ceremonies for campus events such as Sooner Scandals and helped take campus shows to Norman Municipal Hospital to entertain patients.
Smith began to acquire a reputation for his ability to plan, organize and produce great parties and events at OU. He was selected to serve on the board that oversaw intramural competition among 5,000 OU students on 12 softball diamonds, 12 touch football fields, 21 tennis courts, six handball courts, six horseshoe pits, one track and one indoor swimming pool, and was awarded outstanding intramural manager. During his final year as a student at OU, Smith served the varsity OU baseball team as head student manager. He also served four years with the OU Reserve Officers’ Training Corps.
After graduating, Smith was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force Reserve and began active duty, serving in Vienna, Munich, and finally in Tripoli, Libya. He served as special services officer to entertain and provide sports activities in order to maintain high morale in the troops stationed in the remote North African desert. Whether it was on campus in Norman or serving our country abroad, he enthusiastically carried with him the pillars that continue to drive him today: unwavering service to Oklahoma, heroic patriotism for our country and selfless love for others.
Smith has been an outspoken advocate of the OU and the state of Oklahoma. His life personifies OU’s motto: Civi et Reipublicae, “For the benefit of the Citizen and the State.” His service-oriented focus and professional achievements parallel the bold opportunistic spirit of OU. His zest for Oklahoma continues to positively impact the lives of countless OU students, alums, faculty and staff.
Smith helped lead last year’s Salute to Stoops celebration to honor the historic career of former Oklahoma Head Football Coach Bob Stoops, while generating over $1.4 million in net proceeds to endow a football scholarship in Coach Stoops’ honor, and to provide vital capital support for key OU Athletics capital initiatives. The celebration, held at the Bennett Events Center in Oklahoma City, unveiled the statue of Coach Stoops and concluded with a private concert by country music icon Toby Keith. In addition to the Salute to Stoops celebration, Smith has been intimately involved with the planning and fundraising efforts for the head coaching statues of Bennie Owen, Bud Wilkinson and Barry Switzer; Heisman statues in Heisman Park, including the unveiling of the statue of Sam Bradford at the Sooner Spectacular celebration; the tribute to Bud Wilkinson after his retirement; and National Award Winner Wall of Honor. He was a key leader on the Great Expectations Campaign for Sooner Sports, which raised over $100 million.
Additionally, Smith negotiated and secured resources for Oklahoma Centennial floats in the Macy’s Day Parade in New York City (2005-2007). In 2007, more than 300 members of the Pride of Oklahoma were able to participate in the Macy’s Day Parade, marking the Pride of Oklahoma’s first-ever performance at the famed parade, providing OU band students a lifetime memory and offering OU priceless exposure to viewers around the world. Along their famed route, the Pride of Oklahoma’s arrangement included our state song as well “Boomer Sooner”.
Smith’s education in business as well as special events at OU prepared him to be Oklahoma’s greatest promoter and architect of some of the most significant events in state history, including the Stars and Stripes shows, Oklahoma’s Diamond Jubilee, Olympic Festival, reopening of the stage play “Oklahoma,” reopening of the Civic Center Music Hall, dedication of the State Capital dome and celebration of the Oklahoma Centennial.
The Stars and Stripes Show Smith founded and produced (1969-1976) was televised nationally on NBC and often featured Bob Hope and a cast of Oklahoma and national celebrities and sports figures, such as Mickey Mantle and Steve Owens. He was the project chair for the building of Aquaticus at the Oklahoma City Zoo, and as president of Oklahoma Centennial Sports Inc., Smith was instrumental in bringing the U.S. Olympic Festival to Oklahoma in 1989, with the opening and closing ceremonies at OU. Smith launched the “Festival of the Horse” in 1990, and a year later the event was named among the top 100 attractions in North America.
As a student and Air Force officer, Smith was a world-class planner of special events that entertained people, so it logically followed that he began his career in radio and television production as a salesman when he joined Gaylord Broadcasting Co.’s WKY Radio and TV and quickly rose through the ranks due to hard work, steadfast faith and a positive attitude. He would later serve as president and general manager of KTVY (formerly WKY and currently KFOR) television.
Once called “Mr. Oklahoma,” in addition to being recognized for his civic work by the Boy Scouts, Chamber of Commerce, Allied Arts, Oklahoma Heritage Association and the State Fair Board, Smith’s many honors include the Oklahoma City Public School Foundation’s Annual Wall of Fame Humanitarian Award and induction into the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the prestigious Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Smith is past president of the Allied Arts Foundation and served on the board of directors of the Metropolitan YMCA, United Way, Zoological Society, Last Frontier Council, Boy Scouts and Kirkpatrick Center. He also is past president of the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters and the Oklahoma City Ad Club.
Smith has dedicated his life to enriching Oklahoma and serving OU. If it made life better in Oklahoma, or called national attention to our state, Smith has had something to do with it.
Nominated by: Joe Castiglione, Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Programs
Eddie Walker earned his bachelor of music degree in piano pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma in 1989. Walker was involved in numerous campus activities during his time as a student at OU, including OU Bands, the Pride of Oklahoma and Sooner Scandals. He also was an active member of Phi Mu Alpha music fraternity and the Kappa Kappa Psi band fraternity.
During his senior year at OU, Walker was offered an unpaid internship with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, an independent study course arranged by the piano faculty in the OU School of Music. Ten years and several promotions later, he was appointed executive director of the OKC Philharmonic, a position he held for 20 seasons. He has utilized his natural ability to connect with people and his passion for music to positively impact the organization as well as the culture and climate of the Central Oklahoma community in a multitude of ways.
Walker has partnered with faculty, staff and students in OU Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts. He continually encouraged OU faculty and students to audition for the OKC Philharmonic, and he was a source of encouragement and support for the OU faculty who are appointed to the orchestra. He served annually as the executive producer of the OKC Phil Christmas Show, where he worked closely with OU faculty members on the creative concept of the show and recruited OU students to perform featured roles in the holiday spectacular. The OKC Philharmonic, under Walker’s leadership, offered master classes at OU each year, presenting opportunities for OU music students to play with world-renowned artists at no cost. His emphasis on teaming up with his alma mater positively changed the OKC Philharmonic by closely linking the organization with so many of OU’s talented faculty and students.
Walker successfully led the planning and execution of a $9 million endowment campaign for the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, as well as the successful search for its new music director following the retirement of its founder. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Downtown Oklahoma City, League of American Orchestras, and is a Class of XXI Graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City. His volunteer service has included work on the boards of the Civic Center Foundation, Cultural Development Corporation, RAIN Oklahoma, Oklahoma Youth Orchestras and the Oklahoma Israel Exchange. He is active on many community projects and committees, most notably those promoting arts education for the Oklahoma City Public Schools and the greater central Oklahoma region.
In April of 2019 Walker became the executive director of Oklahoma Contemporary, a multidisciplinary arts organization providing opportunities for learning through internationally relevant exhibitions, performances and educational programs. Oklahoma Contemporary opens its new purpose-built facility in downtown Oklahoma City in January 2020.
Walker contributes his time and resources to the OU, whether recruiting student and faculty musicians, contributing to annual campaigns for instruments and student scholarships, or mentoring the current interns in his office. He has set a high standard for what a successful and dedicated College of Fine Arts graduate can contribute to the university and community. His dedication extends to the family he and his husband, Tim, have created by adopting two sons, Campbell and Sam.
Nominated by: David Barocio, Director of Development, University of Oklahoma Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts
Peggy J. Wisdom, M.D., FAAN
Peggy J. Wisdom, M.D., FAAN, earned her doctor of medicine degree from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 1972. Since earning her degree, Dr. Wisdom has contributed to the goals of the OU Health Sciences Center in significant ways through all areas of academic medicine. A neurologist, she was part of the O’Donoghue Rehabilitation Institute when it opened in the early 1980s. She established and developed the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program from 1982 to 1990. The program was the first accredited of its type in Oklahoma. Working with physical therapists, psychologists, speech therapists and other health professionals, she was instrumental in developing a team approach to treating traumatic brain injury and related disorders. The program also served as a major resource for interprofessional and interdisciplianary training for all levels of rehabilitation professionals.
Dr. Wisdom went on to establish, and serve as medical director for, several crucial programs, including the Comprehensive Oklahoma Program for Epilepsy, the Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Disease, VA Spinal Cord Injury Program, VA Traumatic Brain Injury Program and the VA Pain Program. From 1994 to 1997, she was chief of the neurology service at the VA, and from 1997 until 2015, she was the chief of neurology and rehabilitation at the VA.
Medical education has long been a passion for Dr. Wisdom. She has served as vice chair of the Department of Neurology in the OU College of Medicine since 1981, acting as program director from 1989-1990, and was coordinator of the neuroscience clerkship from 1991 to 2000. She has taught numerous classes and given lectures to all levels of students trainees.
She has contributed to the education mission in ways that are leading all health professions into the future. Through her Wisdom Family Foundation, she provides funding to Project EPIC – Empowering Patients through Interprofessional Collaboration, which is now integrated into the OU Interprofessional Education Progam. In this initiative, students and faculty members from seven OU colleges and 13 disciplines learn how to deliver patient care as a team, breaking down traditional siloes to meet the patient’s needs in the best way. In addition to the OU colleges of Medicine, Allied Health, Public Health, Nursing, Dentistry and Pharmacy, students from the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work in the College of Arts and Sciences on the OU Norman campus play a crucial role.
The Wisdom Family Foundation also funded a team curriculum in the College of Pharmacy that uses a similar interprofessional and interdisciplinary approach to care for patients with diabetes.
Dr. Wisdom is a major supporter of Blood and Thunder: Musings on the Art of Medicine, a humanities journal produced by medical students. She has endowed a College of Medicine scholarship for students from five counties in northwestern Oklahoma – the area of her family’s roots – who want to attend medical school. More recently, she has established an endowed fund to award residents in the Department of Neurology.
Dr. Wisdom has been involved with several research projects during her career, serving as principal investigator and co-PI on funded investigations on the treatment of traumatic brain injury and other related conditions. She has published numerous papers, abstracts and book chapters.
Dr. Wisdom has served on many committees, both locally and nationally, that have furthered her work and benefited the university. She remains active with the faculty development committee of the Interprofessional Educators and Practioners Association, which oversees the university’s growing interprofessional and interdisciplinary education efforts among health professions. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and has been active with the organization over many years, including the promotion of career advancement opportunities for women. From 1999-2000, she served as chair of the Women’s Issues in Neurology Section of the American Academy of Neurology. She has been affiliated with several other professional organizations, including the Oklahoma Neurologic Society, Behavioral Neurology Society, American Epilepsy Society and Association for VA Neurologists. She also serves as chair of the board of the Wisdom Family Foundation, as well as Grace Investment Companies and several banks that her family owns.
Dr. Wisdom has been honored for her work in academic medicine with numerous awards, including the Stanton L. Young Master Teacher Award; James F. Hammerstein Physician of Excellence Award; Paralyzed Veterans of America, Mid-America Chapter, Achievement Award; OU Neurology Residents Award for Best Teacher; American Academy of Neurology Teacher Recognition Award; OU College of Medicine Alumni Association Physician of the Year-Academic Medicine Award; OU Neurology Residents Award for Best Attending Physician; Paralyzed Veterans of America, Mid-American Chapter, Frank Harper Memorial SCI Service Award; College of Medicine Alumni Association STAT Alumnus of the Year; OU Neurology Residents Award for Lifetime Teaching; Oklahoma Governor’s Arts Award for Leadership and Contribution to the Arts; OU College of Medicine Academy of Teaching Scholars Inductee; and OU Neurology Residents Award for Outstanding Attending Physician, 2012.
Dr. Wisdom has improved patient health, furthered education and contributed to a greater understanding of neurologic disorders. She is a visionary who was an early adopter of interprofessionalism among health care providers and is leading the way toward an enhanced understanding and practice of interdisciplinary medicine. She is a valued educator who is prized by her students. Her research interest in traumatic brain injury, along with her neurologic clinical practice at OU and at the VA, have led to improved quality of life for thousands of patients and a better understanding of the diagnosis and treatment of neurologic disorders. Dr. Wisdom is the epitome of an academic physician who strives to improve lives today and to prepare future generations of physicians to do the same.
Nominated by: Jason R. Sanders, M.D., Senior Vice President and Provost, OU Health Sciences Center; and Stacy Maxon, Assistant Vice President of Development, OU Health Sciences Center, and Director of Development, Stephenson Cancer Center