Oklahoma City - No single individual has done more to elevate the status of Oklahoma than Lee Allan Smith. Smith has both brought influential people to Oklahoma and placed Oklahoma in the spotlight at events like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, the Olympics and the Rose Bowl Parade. As president of then, KTVY television, Smith brought famous people like comedian Bob Hope, athlete Mickey Mantle and songwriter Jimmy Webb to Oklahoma City, and often to Oklahoma Christian University.
Smith helped Oklahoma Christian become a place known for top events and premier thought leaders. He was instrumental in securing the 1989, U.S. Olympic Festival in Oklahoma and gave OC the nod as the site for the table tennis competition. Smith then insisted OC’s gym be air conditioned and helped raise the money to make it happen.
Smith began leading capital campaigns for OC when the (then) college moved to Oklahoma City in 1958. Now the namesake of OC's Spirit of Oklahoma Award, Smith actively participates in the university’s annual Associates Gala by presenting the award to a recipient for their contributions to the State of Oklahoma.
Oklahoma Christian will honor Smith as a part of the university’s homecoming festivities. At the annual alumni banquet, Smith will be named OC’s Honorary Alum of the Year. Other award recipients include David and Barbara Duncan, Distinguished Alumni Award, Dennis and Susan Cady, Missions Service Award and Ryan Groves, Young Alumnus of the Year.
Everyone is invited to celebrate Mr. Oklahoma, Lee Allan Smith and the other honorees, Friday, November 1 at 5:30 pm in the Gaylord University Center on OC’s campus. Tickets are available at OC.edu/homecoming.
OC is a higher learning community transforming lives for Christian faith, scholarship and service. Located at 2501 East Memorial Road on a 200 acre residential campus, the university believes excellence in education demands forward thinking, nimble creativity and a yearning to learn more. In the spirit of Lee Allan Smith, OC is home to ambitious progress.