There was much to celebrate at the sixth annual Adams Society Dinner, held Nov. 6 at the Sam Noble Museum. The evening began with a special university welcome from OU Vice President of Development Tripp Hall that included a summary of the successful Live On, University: 125thAnniversary Campaign for the University of Oklahoma. On behalf of President and Mrs. Boren, Hall also recognized six Price College donors who were recently inducted into the Seed Sower Society, OU’s most prestigious donor society made up of those who have given at least $1 million to the university.
Randall Stephenson, chairman, and CEO of AT&T and Price College master of accountancy graduate served as the keynote speaker. As a fellow Adams Society member, he reflected on his journey that began as an OU business student, the impact of giving back and the important role public higher education plays in providing educational access and transformational experiences to students of all starting points.
Bonnie Kennedy, also a Price College graduate and Adams Society member, served as the 2015 society chair and gave the ceremonial toast. Kennedy currently serves as chief operating office of the OU Foundation and co-chaired the 125th Anniversary Campaign.
A record-setting number of Adams Society members were recognized for their advancement within the society at nearly 40 members. Their generosity represented more advancing members in one year than in every year combined since the society was established five years ago. The evening concluded with the induction of 26 new members, including two members who joined at the $1 million Visionary Leader level.