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OU Regents' Alumni Awards to be Presented to Ten Outstanding Individuals

OU Regents' Alumni Awards to be Presented to Ten Outstanding Individuals

Ten exceptional University of Oklahoma alumni will receive Regents’ Alumni Awards for their dedication and service to OU in a ceremony scheduled for Friday, May 10, on the Norman campus.

Presented by the OU Board of Regents and the OU Alumni Association, the Regents’ Alumni Award honors the important roles of OU alumni and supporters to the life of the university. A committee formed by the Alumni Association selects the award recipients from nominations made by alumni, friends, and OU faculty and staff. Each year’s recipients receive a plaque, and their names are engraved on a permanent plaque in the Oklahoma Memorial Union.

This year’s recipients are:

  • Mo Anderson, Oklahoma City, vice chairman, Keller Williams
  • Michael C. Hollinger, Austin, Texas, principal engineer, machine vision platforms, IBM Cognitive Systems
  • Kenneth J. Levit, Tulsa, Oklahoma, executive director, George Kaiser Family Foundation
  • Thad Luckinbill, Los Angeles, award-winning actor and producer, co-owner of Black Label Media
  • Trent Luckinbill, Los Angeles, former lawyer with the U.S. Department of Justice; co-owner of Black Label Media
  • Cynda Capps Ottaway, Oklahoma City, chairwoman, private wealth and closely-held business practice group, Crowe and Dunlevy
  • Claudia San Pedro, Oklahoma City, president, SONIC Drive-In
  • Lee Allan Smith, Oklahoma City, Chairman of Oklahoma Events, world-class promoter of the State of Oklahoma
  • Eddie Walker, Oklahoma City, director, Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center
  • Peggy J. Wisdom, M.D., professor emeritus, neurology and psychiatry, OU Medicine; founder, Wisdom Family Foundation

Anderson, Oklahoma City, graduated from OU with a bachelor of science degree in education. The daughter of a tenant farmer, Anderson grew up in the Drummond-Waukomis area in northwest Oklahoma. She worked her way through college and served as an elementary music teacher for 14 years in Ponca City before opening her first real estate office, a Century 21 franchise, in Edmond in 1975, and grew it into the third top-producing office out of 7,500 Century 21 locations in North America. Anderson joined Keller Williams in 1991, when she opened the first KW franchise outside of the state of Texas. She moved on to become the regional director for Oklahoma and co-owner of the two Keller Williams market centers. In 1995, Anderson headed up Keller Williams and helped it grow from 35 to more than 600 offices.

Anderson has been a generous OU supporter across many areas of the university. Between her personal giving and her foundation, she has contributed more than $1.25 million in support of numerous areas. She established the Richard T. Anderson Chair in Neuroscience in the College of Pharmacy to honor her husband. The chair allowed the College of Pharmacy to expand its research in disorders of the nervous system, including Parkinson’s disease, and is vital for the recruitment and retention of a high-caliber leader in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Last year, Anderson was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. A tireless supporter of community causes and generous volunteer, Anderson founded KW Cares, a nonprofit that assists Keller Williams Realty associates and their families in times of need.  She led KW Cares in raising more than $5.3 million for Keller Williams associates affected by Hurricane Katrina. She has twice been named Oklahoma’s Women in Business Advocate of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration, is listed in Who’s Who in American Women and has been named one of REALTOR Magazine’s Top 25 Most Influential People in Real Estate.


Hollinger, Austin, Texas, completed his bachelor of science degree in computer engineering in 2004 and his master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering in 2005, both from the University of Oklahoma. After graduation, Hollinger began his career as a developer with IBM Austin’s firmware team. He spent a couple of years in Taiwan, helping to build and lead a team for IBM, and is now a senior technical staff member, working to democratize artificial intelligence technology in IBM’s Cognitive Systems Group. Hollinger is an IBM Master Inventor, recognizing his contributions to the IBM patent portfolio and mentorship to the development community.

Originally from Florida, Hollinger grew up in Tennessee, went to school in Oklahoma, and has worked in Texas, Minnesota, New York and Taiwan. When he’s not tinkering, he’s either running on a trail in Austin, Texas, alongside his husband, David, or trying out a new recipe in the kitchen.


Levit, Tulsa, Oklahoma, served as the second president of the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa from 2001 to 2006. However, his commitment to the campus did not end when he left his position to become executive director of the George Kaiser Family Foundation. Under his leadership, the George Kaiser Family Foundation has invested over $82 million in OU, with most of that being directed toward the OU-Tulsa campus.

The most transformative gift made by the George Kaiser Family Foundation to OU was $50 million to establish the OU-TU School of Community Medicine. The school was the first medical school of its kind in the nation — with an explicit commitment to improve the health of entire communities, particularly rural and urban underserved individuals. Levit not only helped facilitate the foundation’s investment in the school but also has served as an adviser and advocate since its establishment in 2008. Levit also will serve as the Commencement speaker for the 2019 OU-TU School of Community Medicine Commencement in May.

Prior to serving OU and the Kaiser Family Foundation, Levit was special counsel to George Tenet, director of the Central Intelligence Agency. He practiced corporate law from 1995 to 1998 at the law firm of Crowe & Dunlevy in Tulsa.


Thad Luckinbill, Los Angeles, graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1997 with a bachelor of arts in finance and economics from the Michael F. Price School of Business Administration. He is a member of the Delta Tau Delta chapter at OU and a Life Member of the OU Alumni Association.  Shortly after graduating, Luckinbill moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry, where he found success as both an actor and producer. Over his 20-year career, he has appeared in over 50 television and film projects. Luckinbill made his feature film debut in Paramount’s “Just Married” in 2003 with some of his recent credits including Warner Brothers’ “The Good Lie” with Reese Witherspoon and Sony’s “Only the Brave”.  He most recently acted alongside Chris Hemsworth in “12 Strong” which was released by Warner Brothers in 2018 based on the book, “The Horse Soldiers.”

In 2013, Thad and Trent Luckinbill formed Black Label Media as an independent studio with the goal to finance and produce prestige commercial content in film and television. Black Label has produced acclaimed films such as “Sicario” and the sequel, “Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado.” The three-time Academy Award nominated Sicario premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for multiple awards, including Critics’ Choice and Producers Guild awards for Best Film with Trent and Thad both receiving producing nominations. Black Label’s “La La Land” was released in 2017 and garnered a record 14 Academy Award and seven Golden Globe nominations.

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Trent Luckinbill, Los Angeles, was born and raised in Enid, Oklahoma, and earned a bachelor of arts degree in finance from the University of Oklahoma Michael F. Price School of Business in 1997, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 2000. He is a member of the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity and a Life Member of the OU Alumni Association. Luckinbill began his legal career as a lawyer at the Department of Justice, where he served as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division and later Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust Division analyzing large corporate mergers and acquisitions for approval in energy, financial, telecommunications, information technology, and domestic and international intellectual property rights.

During his time at the Department of Justice, Luckinbill also was a member of the Committee on Foreign Investment, which reviewed applications of foreign investment in the United States. Luckinbill was appointed by the Attorney General to serve as the Deputy Executive Director of DOJ’s Task Force on Intellectual Property and represented DOJ’s intellectual property interests internationally.   

In 2013, Thad and Trent Luckinbill formed Black Label Media as an independent studio with the goal to finance and produce prestige commercial content in film and television. Black Label’s “La La Land” was released in 2017 and garnered a record 14 Academy Award and seven Golden Globe nominations.  Black Label also recently produced “12 Strong” with fellow producer Jerry Bruckheimer, as well as other titles including “’71,” “Only the Brave,” “Sierra Burgess” and “Begin Again,” among others. Black Label has produced, or is in development on, over 25-five film and television projects, including a large television production with Apple and feature films with Netflix, Fox and Sony set for this year.


Ottaway, Oklahoma City, earned her bachelor of arts degree in English in 1975 from the University of Oklahoma and her juris doctorate from the OU College of Law in 1978. As a law student, Ottaway was a member of the Order of the Coif and the Oklahoma Law Review. She earned the Corpus Juris Secundum and American Jurisprudence awards. During her undergraduate studies, she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, President’s Honor Roll, President’s Scholar, Mortar Board and Who’s Who in American Colleges & Universities.

Ottaway is chairwoman of the Private Wealth and Closely-held Business Practice Group at the Oklahoma City law firm of Crowe and Dunlevy. She has served as a member of the Board of Visitors for the College of Law since 2015 and has been an engaged and respected board member who has helped the college reach some of its greatest accomplishments, particularly with fundraising.

Ottaway has been an exceptional alumna through her professional and community involvement. Her extensive engagement in improving the practice of law is evidenced by her participation as past president of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, the leading trust and estate organization of peer-elected trust and estate lawyers. She has been a member for over 25 years and has served in several other leadership roles with ACTEC, including service on the executive committee, board of regents and the ACTEC Foundation. She is renowned for her legal expertise, demonstrated by the innumerable leadership positions she has held in both the Oklahoma Bar Association and American Bar Association, where she served as vice chair of the Real Property, Probate and Trust section for five years.


San Pedro, Oklahoma City, received a professional MBA from the University of Oklahoma Michael F. Price College of Business in 2001. She holds an undergraduate degree from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. San Pedro has participated in the C-Suite Confidential program, benefiting MBA students at the Gene Rainbolt Graduate School of Business in Oklahoma City. She was instrumental in steering corporate support for the naming of the SONIC Catering Kitchen at the Rainbolt Graduate School, as well as connecting SONIC with the Price College of Business Office of Diversity & Inclusion and its Multicultural Business Program, to provide undergraduate students with mentors and internship and career opportunities.

San Pedro is a member of the Price College of Business Board of Advisors and Adams Society. She is a Distinguished Alumni Award recipient of the college and is active in the JCPenney Leadership Program and Women in Business Leadership Conference, where she has given the keynote address. In addition, she is a member of the OU President’s Associates.

Prior to joining SONIC, she served as the director for the Oklahoma Office of State Finance. Appointed by Gov. Brad Henry in 2005, she was the first female and first Hispanic to serve as director of state finance for Oklahoma. Before joining OSF and the Henry administration, she served as the assistant director of the Oklahoma State Senate fiscal staff and a staff budget analyst for the Senate appropriations subcommittees on education, human services and general government.


Smith, Oklahoma City, earned his bachelor of arts degree in business administration from the University of Oklahoma in 1953. While at OU, he pledged Phi Gamma Delta and served as social chairman, rush chairman and intramural chairman. In addition, he was master of ceremonies for campus events such as Sooner Scandals and helped take campus shows to Norman Municipal Hospital to entertain patients.

After graduating, Smith was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force Reserve and began active duty, serving in Vienna, Munich, and finally in Tripoli, Libya. He served as special services officer to entertain and provide sports activities in order to maintain high morale in the troops stationed in the remote North African desert.

Smith’s education in business as well as special events at OU prepared him to be Oklahoma’s greatest promoter and architect of some of the most significant events in state history, including the Stars and Stripes shows, Oklahoma’s Diamond Jubilee, Olympic Festival, reopening of the stage play “Oklahoma,” reopening of the Civic Center Music Hall, dedication of the State Capital dome and celebration of the Oklahoma Centennial.


Walker, Oklahoma City, earned his bachelor of music degree in piano pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma in 1989. Walker was involved in numerous campus activities during his time as a student at OU, including OU Bands, the Pride of Oklahoma and Sooner Scandals. He also was an active member of Phi Mu Alpha music fraternity and the Kappa Kappa Psi band fraternity.  

During his senior year at OU, Walker was offered an unpaid internship with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, an independent study course arranged by the piano faculty in the OU School of Music. Ten years and several promotions later, he was appointed executive director of the OKC Philharmonic, a position he held for 20 seasons. He has utilized his natural ability to connect with people and his passion for music to positively impact the organization as well as the culture and climate of the Central Oklahoma community in a multitude of ways.

In April of 2019 Walker became the executive director of Oklahoma Contemporary, a multidisciplinary arts organization providing opportunities for learning through internationally relevant exhibitions, performances and educational programs. Oklahoma Contemporary opens its new purpose-built facility in downtown Oklahoma City in January 2020.


Wisdom, Oklahoma City, earned her doctor of medicine degree from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 1972. Since earning her degree, Dr. Wisdom has contributed to the goals of the OU Health Sciences Center in significant ways through all areas of academic medicine. A neurologist, she was part of the O’Donoghue Rehabilitation Institute when it opened in the early 1980s. She established and developed the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program from 1982 to 1990. The program was the first accredited of its type in Oklahoma. Working with physical therapists, psychologists, speech therapists and other health professionals, she was instrumental in developing a team approach to treating traumatic brain injury and related disorders. The program also served as a major resource for interprofessional and interdisciplinary training for all levels of rehabilitation professionals.

Wisdom went on to establish, and serve as medical director for, several crucial programs, including the Comprehensive Oklahoma Program for Epilepsy, the Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Disease, VA Spinal Cord Injury Program, VA Traumatic Brain Injury Program and the VA Pain Program. From 1994 to 1997, she was chief of the neurology service at the VA, and from 1997 until 2015, she was the chief of neurology and rehabilitation at the VA.

Her research interest in traumatic brain injury, along with her neurologic clinical practice at OU and at the VA, have led to improved quality of life for thousands of patients and a better understanding of the diagnosis and treatment of neurologic disorders. Dr. Wisdom is the epitome of an academic physician who strives to improve lives today and to prepare future generations of physicians to do the same.

The Regents’ Alumni Awards ceremony will take place at 10:45 a.m. on Friday, May 10, in Beaird Lounge, Oklahoma Memorial Union. For additional information or accommodations, please contact Jill Stephens at (405) 325-1710 or email jills@ou.edu.

Article Published: Wednesday, May 8, 2019