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OHC Appoints New Trustees

OHC Appoints New Trustees

For Immediate Release
October 5, 2010
Contact: Traci Jinkens, Marketing & Development Director
Oklahoma Humanities Council
(405) 235-0280 • [email protected]

OHC Appoints New Trustees

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — The Oklahoma Humanities Council (OHC) has appointed four new members to its Board of Trustees: Oklahoma Secretary of State Susan Savage, Dr. Jerry Vannatta of the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Mary Brodnax of the University of Central Oklahoma, and Dr. William Bryans of Oklahoma State University. OHC is governed by a 24-member Board of Trustees comprised of private citizens, academic scholars, and governor’s appointees.

“Our Board of Trustees is an integral part of our work,” said OHC Executive Director Ann Thompson. “Their collective experience in business, academia, and public service brings valuable insight to our programming and strategic planning. Without these representatives from across the state, we could not accomplish all the work we do, nor do it so effectively.”

New Trustees:

Susan Savage was appointed Secretary of State by Governor Brad Henry in 2003. She served as the Mayor of Tulsa from 1992 to 2002. Her awards include the Oklahoma Human Rights Award and the 2009 Peace and Dialogue Award for Government Service from Oklahoma City University and the Institute of Interfaith Dialogue. She has been inducted into the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma Municipal League Hall of Fame for City and Town Officials. Secretary Savage has served on the executive and advisory boards for many organizations, including: Southern Regional Education Board, Oklahoma Academy for State Goals, Oklahoma City United Way, Oklahoma Nature Conservancy, Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, and Creative Oklahoma. She earned a B.A. from Arcadia University in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Jerry Vannatta is John Flack Burton Professor of Humanities in Medicine, Professor of Internal Medicine, and former Executive Dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Oklahoma. His teaching awards include five Aesculapian Awards from medical students, the Edgar W. Young Lifetime Achievement Award, the Stanton L. Young Master Teacher Award, and the Humanism in Medicine Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges. He serves on the board of trustees for Presbyterian Health Foundation and Oklahoma City University.

Dr. Mary Brodnax is Professor of Humanities at the University of Central Oklahoma. She earned her B.A. from Vanderbilt and M.A. and Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. Her honors and awards include Provost’s Outstanding Junior Faculty Teaching Award and the Purple Chalk Award from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She has served on the College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Teaching Award Committee, as President of the UCO Faculty Senate, and President of the DaVinci Institute.

Dr. William Bryans is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of History at Oklahoma State University. He received his B.A. and M.A. from Colorado State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Wyoming. Dr. Bryans serves on the boards of Preservation Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Museums Association. His professional memberships include the Organization of American Historians, American Association for State and Local History, National Council on Public History, Western History Association, National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Mountain-Plains Museum Association.

About the Oklahoma Humanities Council
The Oklahoma Humanities Council is an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide meaningful public engagement with the humanities—disciplines such as history, literature, film studies, art criticism, and philosophy. As the state partner for the National Endowment for the Humanities, OHC provides teacher institutes, Smithsonian exhibits, reading groups, and other cultural opportunities for Oklahomans of all ages. With a focus on K-12 education and community building, OHC engages people in their own communities, stimulating discussion and helping them explore the wider world of human experience.