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Oklahoma Christian honors Lee Allan Smith

Wednesday, March 24, 2010   (0 Comments)
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Oklahoma Christian University will honor Lee Allan Smith for his outstanding community service at the annual Associates Dinner on March 25 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. In addition to honoring Smith, OC will unveil the "Lee Allan Smith Spirit of Oklahoma Award” to be given annually to individuals who have devoted themselves to the betterment of Oklahoma. The evening will also include a brief report on the state of the university from President Mike O’Neal and entertainment by OC students.  OC’s annual Associates Dinner, attended by more than 500, honors key supporters and friends of the university. This year’s speaker is Astronaut Doug Wheelock who is scheduled to launch on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft this spring, and serve for six months in space as the commander of the International Space Station (ISS), and its six-person international crew, during ISS Expedition 25. Past speakers at the dinner include Ken Blanchard, Ken Starr, Ambassador Paul Bremer, Michael Medved, Gene Stallings and Archie Manning. "Lee Allan Smith has been an outspoken proponent of Oklahoma City and has worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life for all Oklahomans,” said President O’Neal. "Lee Allan’s servant heart and professional achievements represent much of the spirit of this university.  We are very pleased to name this award in his honor.”  Smith is chairman of Oklahoma Events, LLC, a full service event production firm. Smith also served as vice chairman of Ackerman McQueen and president of Oklahoma Centennial Sports, Inc., which was the local organizing committee for U.S. Olympic Festival ‘89 in Oklahoma. In 1978, Smith joined KTVY Channel 4, an NBC affiliate, in Oklahoma City, where he served as President and General Manager. Before KTVY, Smith spent 22 years with Gaylord Broadcasting Company, where he started as a local salesman. He went on to become General Manager and Vice President of WKY Radio and Assistant General Manager of WKY-TV. Smith served three years as chairman of the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. He is active on several boards of directors. His civic and professional activities include:  past president for three years and past board member of Allied Arts of Oklahoma, past president and current member of the Oklahoma Zoological Society, Inc., past member of the Oklahoma City Zoo Trust Board, and past chairman of the Oklahoma Heritage Association. He is past president for three years and current board member of the Last Frontier Council, Boy Scouts of America Executive Board, State Fair of Oklahoma Board of Directors, Kirkpatrick Center Board of Consultants, and numerous others. Smith was instrumental in establishing the Oklahoma City Zoo’s "Aquaticus” exhibit. He is also founder and producer of the Stars and Stripes Show, which was held eight years, the last five of which were televised on the NBC network, and was the creator and developer of Stars and Stripes Park. He organized the Civic Center Music Hall Grand Re-opening, helped orchestrate the Dome Dedication at the Capitol, and was instrumental in the planning for the State of Oklahoma’s Centennial Celebration. Smith is a University of Oklahoma graduate and served as a first lieutenant in the United States Air Force and was a Special Service Officer. Among Smith’s many honors are the Oklahoma City Public School Foundation’s Annual "Wall of Fame” Humanitarian Award, induction into the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, and induction into the prestigious Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Smith resides in Oklahoma City with his wife, DeAnn. They have three daughters, DeLee, Jennifer, and Wendy.

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