Hall of Fame

News Release: Oklahoma Higher Education Heritage Society Announces Hall of Fame Inductees - July, 2014

The Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame is sponsored by the Oklahoma Higher Education Heritage Society. In 1994, the 1st annual Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame inducted ten inaugural honorees at the Civic Center Hall of Mirrors in Oklahoma City.

Through the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Higher Education Heritage Society recognizes outstanding men and women (living and deceased) who have excelled in higher education, and who have encouraged others to contribute to the economic development and quality of life in Oklahoma. The Hall of Fame inducts individuals who have been employed by one or more of Oklahoma's institutions of higher education for ten years or more.

In addition, OHEHS has presented special Awards of Merit to corporations, philanthropists, and other distinguished supporters of Oklahoma higher education. These individuals need not be employed by an institution, but they must have performed outstanding meritorious service beyond financial contributions to higher education in the state.

More than 200 leaders have been inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame since 1994.

Congratulations to the 2014 Inductees

  • Jo Lynn Autry Digranes
  • Sivaramakrishnan Lakshmivarahan
  • Michael D. Lorenz
  • Phillip K. Moss
  • John W. Parrish
  • Edmund F. Rybicki
  • Joan K. Smith
  • Bloomer Don Sullivan
  • Melvin B. Tolson, Jr.
  • Mary Jo Watson
  • Sue E. Williams
  • Special Award of Merit - Jeanne Hoffman Smith

In Memoriam

OHEHS expresses our deepest sympathy to the families of the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame Inductees who recently passed away in 2014. They will be missed.

  • Jeannette Sias (Inducted HOF 2009)
  • LeRoy H. Fischer (Inducted HOF 2002)