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Hall of Fame Member

Dr. Don Betz

2019 Lifetime Achievement Award

DR. DON BETZ (1945- ) Betz began his distinguished career in higher education as a member of the Faculty/Administration at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah in 1971. Betz would remain in this position until 1994 when he accepted the position of Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs for Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. From 1982-2003, Betz served as a consultant for the United Nations. Betz returned to Oklahoma in 1999 when he became Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs for University of Central Oklahoma. In 2005 Betz accepted the position of Chancellor of University of Wisconsin-River Falls where he would remain until becoming the President of Northeastern State University in 2008. Betz became the 20th President of the University of Central Oklahoma in 2011. Betz received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of San Francisco, a Masters of Arts degree from the University of Denver, and a Ph.D. in International Studies from the University of Denver.


Dr. Don Betz
How to Submit a Nomination

Selection Process

Honorees are selected by a committee comprised of hall of fame members, including its director, and distinguished leaders in journalism. The Selection Committee considers all nominations, both new ones and those held over from previous years, before selecting the honorees.

The 2022 Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame nominee submission deadline is Sunday, Ocober 31, 2021.

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