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Founders are an exceptional group of donors who have earned a place of distinction through their commitment to Oklahoma City University and their remarkable generosity, which continues to advance the university’s mission. Each has made cumulative gifts of $1 million or more.

Founders listed in italics are members in memoriam, and those with an asterisk are current OCU trustees or are a chairman emeritus.

Founder Martha Burger accepts the mantle of OCU president from then-Board of Trustees Chairman and Founder Ron Norick in 2018

  • Ann Simmons Alspaugh
  • Wanda L. Bass
  • Martha Burger, OCU President Emeritus
  • Phil* and Cathy Busey
  • Chesapeake Energy
  • Communities Foundation of Oklahoma
  • John and Carol Davis
  • Devon Energy
  • E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation
  • Estate of Jeroldine Zachritz Clark
  • Estate of Jimmie Heatley Close
  • Estate of Marvin and Ena Dawson
  • Estate of Mary Clary Sargent
  • Estate of Thomas E. Barnett
  • Estate of Vivian Wimberly
  • Jose Freede
  • Gerald Gamble* and Jane Jayroe Gamble*
  • Harris Foundation, Inc.
  • Jeanne Hoffman Smith
  • Inasmuch Foundation
  • Ronnie and Shahnaaz Irani
  • Clara E. Jones
  • Lou C. Kerr*/The Kerr Foundation, Inc.
  • Kerr-McGee Corporation, Inc.
  • Ann Lacy*
  • Cathy* and Kurt Leichter
  • Larry and Susan Lemon
  • Martha J. Lemon
  • Wert and Lynette Lemon Wert
  • Tan Sri Dr Lim Wee Chai
  • Tom and Judy* Love
  • Paul* and Jonalee McLaughlin
  • Charles E. Mehr
  • Herman and LaDonna Meinders
  • Marjorie J. Norick
  • Ronald* and Margaret Norick
  • Norick Investments
  • Oklahoma City Community Foundation
  • Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church
  • F.M. Petree
  • Margaret E. Petree
  • Ray and Patricia Potts
  • Robert & Ruby Priddy
  • Charitable Trust
  • Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation
  • Sarkeys Foundation
  • Bill* and Pam Shdeed
  • Dick Sias
  • The Chickasaw Nation
  • The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation, Inc.
  • The Meinders Foundation
  • The Robert A. Parman Foundation
  • The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation
  • The Sumners Foundation
  • Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co. Foundation
  • Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
  • Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation
Founder Cathy Leichter speaks at 2022 scholarship reception
Founder Cathy Leichter speaks at a 2022 scholarship reception
Founders Ray and Pat Potts
Founders Ray and Pat Potts

Top photo: Founder Jane Jayroe Gamble speaks at President Kenneth Evans' inauguration in 2022.

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