Robert Henry to receive 'Light, Leadership & Legacy' Award
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Published: 26-Oct-2015

OKLAHOMA CITY – The OKlahoma Israel Exchange (OKIE) has selected Oklahoma City University (OCU) President Robert Henry to receive this year’s “Light, Leadership and Legacy Award.” The honor will be presented at a high-spirited event on Thursday, November 5, 6:30 p.m., at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel.

Co-chairs of the event are OSU President Burns and First Cowgirl Ann Hargis, along with Harrison and Elaine Levy.

Recipients of the award are honored for promoting projects and programs that link the State of Oklahoma and Israel. 

OKIE leaders say they are “privileged to present this award to President Henry whose passion for Oklahoma is evident in every corner of our great State and whose extraordinary knowledge of Torah anchors him to the land of Israel. Previous recipients of the award include other distinguished members of the Oklahoma community — Melvin Moran, Betty Price, David Bernstein, Ann Hargis, Bill Anoatubby, and Dick Sias. All have demonstrated unwavering support of OKIE’s efforts to foster ongoing exchange between Oklahoma and Israel.”

Born in Shawnee, Henry earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Oklahoma in 1974 and 1976, respectively. Shortly after graduating from law school, he was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives, where he served until 1986. Henry served as state Attorney General from 1986 to 1991, before resigning early in his second term to become the Dean of the OCU School of Law. He remained as Dean until 1994 when President Bill Clinton appointed him as a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

The Senate confirmed him on May 6, 1994. 

In January 2008, Henry succeeded Deanell Reece Tacha as chief judge of the Tenth Circuit.

Then, in 2009, he became the 17th President of OCU, succeeding President Tom McDaniels.

The City Sentinel designated Judge Henry's decision to become Presidnet Henry the top story for 2010 in the heart of Oklahoma City.

Under Henry's leadership, OCU has achieved a series of national recognitions, including this year's designation, by Princeton Review, as a “best in the west” college and, in 2014, the U.S. News and World Report listing as one of America's best institutions of higher education

OKIE leaders have invited the public to join in paying tribute to Oklahoma’s “renaissance” man. For sponsorship information, contact Susan Robertson at or phone at 405-848-3132. (Final arrangements are being made, so respond to these contacts by Thursday, October 29.)

OKIE is a 501(c) 3 whose mission is to develop and strengthen partnerships between Oklahoma and Israel. Based on people-to-people exchanges at all levels, OKIE sponsors projects, builds networks and acts as an agent to develop opportunities between the two states in agriculture, commerce, culture and education.

NOTE: Pat McGuigan contributed to this report.

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