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April 21, 2014

Five receive honorary degrees

NORMAN — Four individuals will join University of Oklahoma Commencement speaker Wendy Kopp, CEO and co-founder of Teach For All, and Founder and chair of Teach For America, in being awarded honorary degrees at OU’s 2014 Commencement Ceremony, scheduled for 7 p.m. May 9, at The Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, 180 W. Brooks St.

In addition to Kopp, the following will be awarded honorary degrees:

· Bill Anoatubby, governor of the Chickasaw Nation

· Gary A. England, television meteorologist

· Jesus E. Medina, M.D

· Bill D. Saxon, a leader in the oil and gas industry

“The university is proud to honor these outstanding individuals who have made a great contribution to the university, state and nation,” said OU President David L. Boren.

As the 30th governor the Chickasaw Nation, Anoatubby has led the Chickasaw Nation through an economic transformation over the last 27 years. Under his leadership, the Chickasaw Nation became one of the first tribal governments in the United States to be certified with a superior rating for management and fiscal controls.

Anoatubby began work for the Chickasaw Nation in 1975 as its health services director and ultimately was elected as the tribe’s first lieutenant governor. In 1987, he was elected governor, and he has been re-elected six times. Anoatubby has established goals of economic development and self-sufficiency for the Chickasaw Nation and its people, and funding for tribal operations has grown exponentially. The tribe now employs more than 13,000 people for more than 200 tribal programs and services, and more than 100 tribal businesses.

Under his leadership, the Chickasaw Nation established the Chickasaw Nation Native American Law Chair at the OU College of Law, the first endowed chair of its kind in the country to attract and retain the most outstanding national scholars in Native American law. Committed to the health care of all Oklahomans, Anoatubby serves on the board of advisors for Harold Hamm Diabetes Center, providing resources and vision to find a cure for diabetes.

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