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Endowed Chair Established in Honor of UCO President Don Betz

UCO President Don Betz sits in a chair

May 13, 2019

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Endowed Chair Established in Honor of UCO President Don Betz

The University of Central Oklahoma Foundation announced the establishment of the Don Betz Endowed Chair for International Studies to honor retiring UCO President Don Betz.

Betz will retire June 30 after serving eight years as UCO’s 20th president. Through the generosity of corporate and private donations, the UCO Foundation has raised $600,000 for the endowment. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education will match those funds, making the Don Betz Endowed Chair for International Studies the largest endowed chair at UCO.

“President Betz has had such a long history of working to improve international relations through his work with the United Nations and through his nearly 50 years in higher education,” said Anne Holzberlein, vice president for Advancement at UCO and president of the UCO Foundation.

“This endowed chair is a fitting tribute to continue the legacy of his work in higher education and bring a higher profile and increased learning and research opportunities for international studies to UCO.”

More than 25 individuals and organizations contributed to the establishment of the Don Betz Endowed Chair in International Studies, including the Chickasaw Nation, the Burger Family Foundation, MidFirst Bank and UCO alumnus and philanthropist Leroy Coffman.

The establishment of the endowment was announced at a dinner honoring Betz April 26. The event included tributes from Oklahoma City University President Martha Burger, Oklahoma Christian University President John deSteiguer, Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby and former Oklahoma Gov. George Nigh, who also served as the 18th president of UCO from 1992-1997. Nigh inducted both Betz and his wife Susanne Betz into the university’s Luminary Society, recognizing their monumental contributions to the university.

The UCO Foundation was established as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1975 to provide scholarship assistance to deserving students and support for faculty, campus activities and vital programs at UCO.

To learn more about the Don Betz Endowed Chair in International Studies, visit www.centralconnection.org/betz or email foundation@uco.edu.   

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Cutline: The University of Central Oklahoma Foundation announced the establishment of the Don Betz Endowed Chair for International Studies to honor retiring UCO President Don Betz.