Inductee Biographies

Ben Graf Henneke

Ben Graf Henneke joined the University of Tulsa in 1936. During his TU career he went through the ranks to became professor of Speech and director of Radio and Theater; Academic vice president; and ultimately, in 1958; president. He retired as president in 1967, and became Trustees Professor of Humanities until 1982, when he retired from teaching. Radio commentator and author of many books and articles on radio and theater, Henneke founded station KGWS, began the TU Experimental Theater, edited the first TU Alumni Magazine, and wrote the TU fight song. He wrote more than 200 op-ed pieces and humorous articles for the Tulsa Tribune. Henneke was inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame in 2002.