The accomplished Oklahomans who will be inducted into the 2012 Oklahoma Hall of Fame class each have selected a family member, friend or colleague to formally present them at the November banquet and induction ceremony.
The 2012 Oklahoma Hall of Fame presenters are: Bill W. Burgess Jr., Lawton; Timothy P. Shriver, Washington, D.C.; Hance Dilbeck, Edmond; Judy Kishner, Tulsa; David L. Russell, Oklahoma City; and Glen D. Johnson, Oklahoma City.
Bill W. Burgess, Jr. will present Stan Clark for induction into the hall. Burgess is chairman of the board of Vortex, the owner/publisher of the Lawton Constitution and the senior partner of Burgess & Hightower Law Firm. Burgess is chairman and principal owner of the software engineering company Techrizon. The company develops software for technologically advanced warfare, specializing in smart weapon systems for the U.S. Department of Defense.
Burgess, inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2008, is the civilian aide to the secretary of the Army and previously served as chairman of the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce.
Timothy P. Shriver will present Bart Conner for induction. Shriver is a social leader, educator, activist, film producer and business entrepreneur. As chairman and CEO of Special Olympics, he serves nearly 4 million Special Olympics athletes in 180 countries.
Before joining Special Olympics in 1995, Shriver was, and remains, a leading educator focusing on the social and emotional factors in learning. Shriver co-founded and is chairman of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and is a nonexecutive director of Neogenix Oncology and the WPP Group.
Hance Dilbeck will present Tom L. Ward for induction. Dilbeck has served as senior pastor of Quail Springs Baptist Church since 2003. Before coming to Quail Springs, he served as senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Ponca City for more than seven years and has been in the pastorate for more than 20 years.
He has been the featured preacher for Falls Creek Youth Camp, chairman of the Board of Trustees at Oklahoma Baptist University, and currently serves as a trustee at his alma mater, Southwestern Seminary, and on the Board of Directors for Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City.
Judy Kishner will present Suzanne Warren for induction. Kishner is manager of the Zarrow Family Office, LLC, president of the Anne & Henry Zarrow Foundation, and trustee of the Zarrow Families Foundation. Kishner is on the board of directors of the Oklahoma Conference for Community & Justice, Saint Francis Health System, and is on the Mental Health Association Advisory Council in Tulsa. She established and was president of Spay Oklahoma, where more than 30,000 animals have been spayed or neutered.
Kishner was on the advisory board and co-chaired the fundraiser for expansion of the former Center for the Physically Limited, which is now The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges. She previously served on the boards of Task Force for Day Center for the Homeless, the National Conference of Christians & Jews and the Alzheimer's Association.
David L. Russell will present Lee R. West for induction. Russell has been a U.S. district judge for 30 years. During that time, he served as the court's chief judge and led the court during the Oklahoma City bombing. Before his appointment by President Ronald Reagan, he twice served as U.S. attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma. He oversaw the prosecution of the Oklahoma County commissioner scandal, the largest public corruption case in U.S. history.
Russell's previous public service includes the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General Corps, assistant attorney general to G.T. Blankenship and legal counsel to Dewey Bartlett, both when he was governor and later, senator. Russell was the recipient of the Journal Record Award and is a trustee of the Oklahoma Methodist Foundation.
Glen D. Johnson will present Ronald H. White for induction. Johnson serves as chief executive officer for the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education.
Prior to becoming the eighth chancellor for the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education, Johnson served as the 16th president of Southeastern Oklahoma State University, in Durant, for 10 years. Johnson also served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1982-96 and was speaker of the House from 1990-96. At the time of his election as speaker, he was the youngest sitting speaker in the United States. In 2006, Johnson was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.
IF YOU GO
Banquet and Ceremony
The 85th Oklahoma Hall of Fame Banquet & Induction Ceremony will be Nov. 15 at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel & Convention Center. Tickets go on sale Aug. 31. For more information about the hall of fame, or about making a nomination to the hall, contact Millie Craddick, executive administrator of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, at 523-3203 or mc@
The 2012 Oklahoma Hall of Fame inductees also will be recognized in November with the addition of their portraits to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Gallery at the Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Their biographies, photos and fun facts will be accessed through touch screen computers in the same gallery.