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OCU Representatives Set for Hall of Fame Induction

Two members of the Oklahoma City University community will be inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame next week.

The Oklahoma Higher Education Heritage Society will induct Thomas L. Brown, a former marketing professor, dean and associate provost; and Ann Lacy, a longtime trustee and benefactress; with a ceremony Oct. 15 at the Jim Thorpe Museum in Oklahoma City. Lacy will receive the Award of Merit.

Thomas L. Brown

Brown earned his doctorate in business administration in 1972.  He was a professor of marketing at Kansas State University and served as associate dean and director of graduate studies in the College of Business there from 1982 to 1984. He then served as dean of the School of Business Administration and Economics at California State University-Fullerton until Oklahoma City University recruited him in 1990 to be dean of the Meinders School of Business.  

At OCU Brown revolutionized undergraduate and graduate curricula. He created the Student Services and Advising Center and dramatically increased enrollment. He helped to strengthen the international outreach of the Meinders School, and its graduate programs reached the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and England. 

Brown was an exemplar of the publishing scholar, publishing more than 20 articles and contributing to such organizations as the Financial Management Association, American Accounting Association, Academy of Management, Association for Consumer Research, Decision Sciences Institute, American Marketing Association, Marketing Science Institute and the American Psychological Association. For such services he was named the C. R. Anthony Chair of Competitive Enterprise. 

In 1995 he returned to teaching duties as a marketing professor. He retired in 2010, but a few weeks later Oklahoma City University named him the acting associate provost. He retired from OCU for the second time in 2012. 

Ann Lacy

Lacy attended Oklahoma City University, the University of Central Oklahoma and the University of Oklahoma. She has succeeded in several business endeavors including manufacturing, finance and petroleum.

Lacy has always championed causes relating to the pursuit of knowledge, writing and dance. She has written many books, is a playwright, a songwriter, a former Oklahoma City Mummers Theatre performer and a model. Lacy founded Fashion Oklahoma in 1986.

In 2001, she turned her attention to supporting the internationally known dance work of Jo Rowan and John Bedford at OCU. With her contributions of time and money the program was named for her — the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management. She was also instrumental in raising $7.25 million for the renovation of the Edith Kenney Gaylord Center, which includes eight state-of-the-art dance studios and is considered to be the finest collegiate dance building in the Western Hemisphere. She established the OCU-NYC Spring Break Workshops, in which students spend one week learning to live and work in New York City from alumni professionals.

The Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame was established in 1994 to recognize and honor individuals, living and deceased, for outstanding meritorious service to higher education in Oklahoma.

To be eligible for induction, honorees must have been employed by one or more institutions of public and private higher education in Oklahoma on a full-time basis for a minimum of 10 years. Individuals not so employed, but who have performed outstanding service to higher education in the state, or organizations or institutions, are also eligible for consideration, with such service to be above and beyond financial contributions.

Each year the Oklahoma Higher Education Heritage Society may elect to give a special Award of Merit for distinguished contributions to higher education to an individual, organization or institution deemed worthy of recognition.

For more information about the society or ceremony, visit the website at www.ohehs.org, call (405) 522-0778 or e-mail mperry@okhistory.org.

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