FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 14, 2016
TULSA – University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren today presented sculptures honoring those newly inducted into OU’s Seed Sower Society, a distinguished group whose support of the University has reached $1 million or more. The presentation was made at the September meeting of the OU Board of Regents.
They are Kimberlee Jordan and Dan Jordan of Tulsa and the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation based in Tulsa.
“These generous donors are deeply appreciated and are truly making a difference in the lives of our students,” Boren said.
Kimberlee Jordan and Dan Jordan have been dedicated supporters of a wide range of OU programs, ranging from the President’s Associates and Student Affairs to the Athletics Department. Their outstanding contribution to the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education’s Debt Forgiveness Program provided the resources necessary to launch this initiative that is designed to assist OU graduates who commit to teaching in Oklahoma public schools.
Kimberlee is a former first-grade teacher and co-author of the book, Leaping Into Learning. Dan founded Jordan Drilling Fluids Inc. in 1984 and served as its chairman, president and chief executive officer for more than 20 years. He purchased Anchor Drilling Fluids USA Inc. in 1996, and the combined corporations became the largest privately held drilling fluids company in the nation.
The Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation has enhanced opportunities in entrepreneurship, education and community development for students at OU and for people across Oklahoma. Members of the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation include OU alumna Kathy Taylor, a former mayor of Tulsa who is on OU’s College of International Studies Board of Visitors; her husband, Bill Lobeck; and daughters Elizabeth Frame Ellison, also an OU alumna, and Molly Pellegrini.
The foundation has supported numerous scholarships at OU, including the recent establishment of an endowed fund to assist students participating in the university’s signature study abroad program in Arezzo, Italy. The foundation also has been a significant supporter of The Mine, operated by OU’s Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth in Tulsa, and capital improvements for the OU College of Law.