Hall of Fame

2023 Inductees
Terry Britton
Cheryl Evans
Pamela Martin Fry
J. Loy “Jay” Helm
James Hess
Adolph Linscheid
Joseph L. Parker
William J. Radke
Liesa L. Richter
Jeanetta D. Sims
John Starkey
Steve Turner

Special Award of Merit Recipients

Bill Anoatubby, 2019
Wanda Bass, 2003
Benedictine Monks of St. Gregory's, 2018
Bob Blackburn, 2021
David and Molly Shi Boren, 2015
Maxine Horner, 2017
Ann Lacy, 2013
John Massey, 2004
George Nigh, 2016

Herman Meinders, 2008
Melvin Moran, 2005
Gene Rainbolt, 2022
Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, 2001
William and Pam Shdeed, 2010
Richard and Jeanette Sias, 2009
Jeanne Hoffman Smith, 2014
Buddy Spencer, 2022
Charles Banks Wilson, 2012

Hall of Fame Nominations

Anyone can make a nomination to the Hall of Fame. To begin the evaluation and selection process, the nomination form must be completed in full and accompanied by (1) a one-page statement of nomination describing the nominee’s distinctive achievement in Oklahoma higher education and (2) a resume not more than 10 pages in length prepared by the nominee or nominee’s institution. While not required, letters of recommendation may be submitted. Not more than three letters of recommendation, none of which may exceed three pages in length, may accompany the nomination form and be considered. Incomplete nomination packets will NOT be considered.

Printable Nomination Form (PDF)

About the Hall of Fame

Each year since 1994, the Oklahoma Higher Education Heritage Society has recognized individuals, living and deceased, whose achievement and leadership in scholarship, teaching, research, administration, staff support, outreach and public service have brought honor and distinction to higher education in our state by inducting them into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame. To date, more than 200 men and women have been so honored.

Eligibility for Hall of Fame

To be eligible for consideration, nominees must have been employed full-time by an institution or institutions of higher education in Oklahoma as a faculty member, administrator or staff for a minimum of ten years and demonstrated excellence in scholarship, teaching, research, administration, outreach or public service, or any combination thereof, and in doing so brought honor and distinction to Oklahoma higher education.  In addition, individuals not so employed but who have performed meritorious service to higher education within the state may be considered for induction.