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President Henry Receives Public Service Award

Much Ado About Robert with viking hat

The Hatton W. Sumners Foundation honored Oklahoma City University President Robert Henry with its Distinguished Public Service Award during a surprise presentation at Henry’s retirement celebration April 7.

The foundation recognized Henry for his career in all three branches of government including his time as chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, his career as dean of the OCU School of Law, his eight years as OCU president and his many civic and philanthropic endeavors.

“The trustees of the foundation wish to express their appreciation for President Henry’s many achievements that have served to make Oklahoma and the United States a better state and a better nation,” a resolution for the award stated.

The award included a medal with an inscription quoting Congressman Sumners that, “There is no such thing as a ‘creature called government, which lives and moves and has a detached, self-determining, self-sustaining nature that does our thinking and governing for us.’”

“I am greatly honored to receive this award,” Henry said. “Congressman Sumners was a hero, patriot and public servant of the highest order. To be associated with him in this way is a signal honor that I will cherish all of my life. I am grateful to Hugh Akin and the distinguished trustees of the foundation who are all noted public servants.”

Henry will retire as the 17th president of Oklahoma City University on June 30.

Endowed Chair Established

“Much Ado About Robert” honored Henry at the OCU School of Law. Board Chairman Ron Norick announced during the evening that the Robert H. Henry Endowed Chair in Humanities and Law will be established in honor of the president.

Contributions to the chair can be made by calling 405-208-7000 or emailing jareyeshenderson@okcu.edu.