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2024 Honorees

Bill Anoatubby

Anoatubby has served as governor of the Chickasaw Nation since 1987. His previous positions include director of Tribal health services, director of finance, special assistant to the governor, controller, and lieutenant governor. The Chickasaw Nation operates more than 100 diversified businesses and invests much of its revenue into more than 200 programs and services that provide education, health care, housing, and more. In his first term, Governor Anoatubby established goals of sustainable economic development and self-determination for the Chickasaw Nation and boundless opportunities its people. Today, the Chickasaw Nation is well on its way to achieving those goals.

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Wendy Drummond

Drummond, a graduate of The University of Tulsa College of Law (JD ’07) is an employment and entertainment attorney who serves as chair of the board of directors of Premier Wireless, USCellular’s largest national agent. Before that, she served as Premier’s CEO. Drummond serves on the board of directors for both the national Alzheimer’s Association and Farnsworth Art Museum and a board member for Emergency Infant Services and Lindsey House. Drummond exemplifies the intersection of law, technology, and humanitarianism, setting a standard from which to ethically innovate and generously influence.

Buck Colbert (B.C.) Franklin (posthumously)

Franklin moved to Tulsa on Feb. 20, 1921, and established a practice in Greenwood with P.A. Chapelle and I.H. Spears. On May 31,1921, he witnessed the atrocities of the Tulsa Race Massacre. In the aftermath, he and his partners processed the insurance claims of Greenwood’s homeowners and business owners. Franklin argued before the State Supreme Court and was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. Students at TU School of law are analyzing the hundreds of cases B.C. Franklin handled. There is now a TU B.C. Franklin Law Clinic where 2nd and 3rd year law students engage Tulsans in need of legal assistance.