NORMAN — Melvin “Mel” L. Penn, business corporate relations executive and director of the Student Support Center in the Michael F. Price College of Business, has been named the 2010 recipient of the $20,000 Otis Sullivant Award for Perceptivity at OU.
The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation and the selection committee, which is composed of faculty and staff members, students and alumni, makes the selection.
The late Edith Kinney Gaylord of Oklahoma City established the $500,000 Sullivant Prize endowment shortly before her death in January 2001.
The award honors the late Oklahoma journalist Otis Sullivant, who covered Oklahoma and national political news for several decades and was known for his ability to analyze and accurately predict political trends.
Penn earned his bachelor’s and master’s of business administration degrees in 1972 and 1976 from OU. After a 25-year career in business — much of it with Kerr-McGee Corp., where he served in several leadership capacities both in the United States and Australia — he returned to OU in 1997 to serve as the director of the newly created Student Support Center in the Michael F. Price College of Business.
Under Penn’s direction, the center’s staff is charged with providing OU MBA students with mentoring, career planning and corporate development services.
Professionally, Penn serves as president of the MBA Career Services Council, a professional association for individuals in the field of MBA career service and those who recruit MBAs directly. He also has served as national president of his fraternity, Phi Kappa Sigma.
In addition, he is active in the community, serving Norman Regional Hospital as a foundation board committee member.