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2004 Regents' Alumni Awards Honorees

Kenneth Chappell

San Diego, Calif. (B.S. Education 1956) Retired School Administrator-San Diego City Schools

While a student at OU, Kenneth Chappell was a member of the Baptist Student Union and had a full four-year NROTC scholarship.  As president of the OU Club of San Diego since 1998, Chappell has worked closely with Prospective Student Services on a plan for reaching students in the San Diego area.  Each year, he attends three “College Nights” to talk with prospective students about OU.  With his recommendation, the Sooner Extra, an informative letter about OU for prospective out-of-state students, was developed.  The San Diego club has more than 70 club members who participate in watch parties and numerous activities.

Nominated by David Quirk


Dr. Carl T. Hook, M.D.

Norman, Okla. (B.S. 1967, M.D. 1970) Clinical Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology, OU College of Medicine

Dr. Carl T. Hook is the current medical director of Sleep Centers of America, Inc., and has served on the board of directors for the OU College of Medicine Alumni Association for the past three years.  He is a member of the Oklahoma State Medical Association, Norman Regional Hospital Foundation Board, Founding Associate of the OU President’s Associates and Bud Wilkinson Society member of the Sooner Club.

Dr. Hook was a member of the U.S. Army Reserves and is a Life Member of the OU Alumni Association, an HSC Associate, and a member of Cleveland County Life and Sooner Club.  He has served numerous leadership roles on the Pontotoc and Cleveland County Medical Society and served as president of the Oklahoma Academy of ORL Head and Neck Society; delegate to the American Medical Association; clinical instructor for the HSC; and president of the OU College of Medicine Alumni Association.  In addition to his article “Effect of Chlorine Bleach on the Esophagus,” he has given numerous presentations on “The Ill Effects of Smokeless Tobacco.”

Hook has two children with three degrees from OU.

Nominated by Kenneth R. Conklin


Jeff Kimpel

Norman, Okla. (B.S. 1964, Denison University; M.S. 1970, Ph.D. 1973, University of Wisconsin) Director-National Severe Storms Laboratory

Jeff Kimpel, the director of the National Severe Storms Laboratory, has been the leading advocate in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, pushing forward the concept and funding to bring the National Weather Center to the OU Norman campus.  He has served on the OU Presidential Search Committees (twice), University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and Advisory Committee for Atmospheric Sciences.  He is the president of the American Meteorological Society and is an AMS Fellow, a Certified Consulting Meteorologist and an AMS Counselor, and he has received the Federal Senior Executive Performance Bonus.

Nominated by Nick Hathaway


Sandy Kinney

Norman, Okla. (B.A. in Economics, 1969, M.S. in Education, 1970) Retired President-Industry Markets for SBC

While attending OU, Sandy Kinney received many awards, including Mortar Board, Who’s Who Among Students in American Yearbook Personality and the Letzeiser List of the most outstanding senior women.

Kinney is the chairman of the College of Arts and Sciences Board of Visitors.  Along with her husband, Mike Sugg, she has created an annual award for an outstanding faculty member in the college.  They also made a significant contribution to the renovation of Ellison Hall, and the Arts and Sciences Plaza is named in their honor.

Kinney is on the Board of Friends of the Museum for the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History.  She is the treasurer of Norman Newcomers and president of Holidays in the Heartland.  Kinney belongs to Leadership America, Executive Women in Government, the Norman chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta alumnae, World at Work Society of Certified Professionals, and the President’s Executive Exchange Alumni Association.  She also belongs to the OU Alumni Association and is a life member of the OU President’s Associates.

Nominated by Paul B. Bell Jr., Ph.D. – Dean, College of Arts and Sciences and Vice President of Instruction


Tom Maxwell

Tulsa, Okla. (B.B.A. 1968, Master of Accountancy, 1970) President and CEO Flintco Inc.

While attending the university, Tom Maxwell played and coached baseball.  He is active in the Ronald McDonald House, Parent Child Center of Tulsa and Metropolitan Tulsa Chamber of Commerce, where he serves as the current chairman of Economic Development and past chairman of the Tulsa Sports Commission.  Under his leadership, the commission won a bid to bring the 2002-2003 WAC Tournament to Tulsa.  Maxwell has received numerous awards for his hard work, dedication and leadership in heading Flintco Inc.  He has served as president of the Associated General Contractors of Oklahoma and on the Strategic Planning Committee for Associated General Contractors of America.  As president of the Oklahoma AGC, Maxwell helped publicize the Construction Science Division at OU.  Under Maxwell’s direction, Flintco Inc. made a substantial contribution to the President’s Office at the Schusterman Center in Tulsa.  Because of Maxwell’s efforts on behalf of the men’s baseball program, the street on the west side of The Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium has been named in his honor.

Nominated by Bob G. Fillpot, FAYE, Dean, College of Architecture


Pamela McCauley-Bell

Oviedo, Fla (B.S. 1988, M.S. 1990, Ph.D. 1993) President and Owner of Tech Solutions Inc.

While attending OU, Pamela McCauley-Bell was awarded the National Science Foundation $90,000 Creativity Fellowship and was named Outstanding Minority Graduate Student and U.S. Black Engineer of the Year.  She also received the Amoco Dissertation Fellowship.

The first African-American woman in Oklahoma to be granted a doctorate in engineering at OU, McCauley-Bell has won many awards, including the Nation’s 50 Top Women in Science and Engineering, Outstanding Woman of Color in Technology, Finalist-NASA Space Shuttle Astronaut Program, the prestigious Millennium Woman of the Year Award, and the Saturn/Glamour Magazine “Women Making a Difference” Award.  She also is a member of the Black Alumni Society and the National Society of Black Engineers.  She currently is an associate professor of industrial engineering and management systems at the University of Central Florida.  McCauley-Bell is an inspiration to all with her story of determination, faith and diligence to achieve her goals despite financial difficulties and being a single teen mother.  She is a motivational speaker for the “On Your Own” Program for the Oklahoma City Public Schools and is a board member of the Beta Teen Parent Program in Orlando, Fla.

Nominated by Leslie Heiderich


Dr. Floyd Miller

Tulsa, Okla., (B.A. 1953, M.D. 1956) Physician

While graduating with honors from the university, Dr. Floyd Miller was a member of Phi Eta Sigma, Army ROTC, and Scabbard and Blade.  Miller has served on the Board of the Directors of College of Medicine Alumni Association as well as numerous offices.  He is a clinical assistant and clinical associate professor of medicine at the OU College of Medicine, Tulsa.  He also is a founding member of the Robert M. Bird Society for the endowment of the Health Sciences Center Library, and has held numerous leadership roles with the state of Oklahoma and American Medical Association.  In addition to the many articles Miller has published, he was instrumental in coordinating discussions that led to the merging of the College of Medicine Alumni Association with the OU Development Office.

Nominated by Kenneth R. Conklin


Bruce H. Stover

Houston, Texas (B.S. Petroleum Engineering 1971) Senior Vice President, Worldwide Business Development

While attending OU, Bruce H. Stover was active in Sigma Tau, Pi Epsilon Tau, and Sigma Alpha Epsilon and served as president of the Petroleum Engineers Club.  He has served on the advisory board for the Mewborne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering, where he has provided contacts for key research initiatives.  He works closely with the faculty in geology, geophysics and petroleum engineering in recruiting students, and he also was key in securing a $250,000 gift from Anadarko Petroleum to renovate a seminar room in the Carson Engineering Center and to endow a visiting lecturers fund.  Stover has served on several committees, including the College of Engineering Board of Visitors, in which he is immediate past chair; Advisory Board for the Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering; OU Club of Houston; Reach for Excellence Campaign Committee; and the Executive Committee for the Campaign of Engineering.  He also is a member of Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Nominated by W. Arthur Porter, Dean, College of Engineering


Ronald Yordi

Oklahoma City, Okla. (B.S. in Civil Engineering, 1969) President, Yordi Investments, LLC.

Yordi is chairman of the University Hospitals Authority and University Hospital Trust, where he has overseen the allocation of almost $12 million to academic and research programs at the OU Health Sciences Center.  He was appointed by the president pro temp of the Senate to this office.  Yordi also was the chairman of the Medical Technology Research Authority, which oversees parking, a childcare facility and OneNet services for telemedicine.  He is a founding member of Leadership Oklahoma and served on the National Board of Directors for Camp Fire.

Nominated by Dr. Joseph J. Ferretti