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Distinguished Public Service Award
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2010 Recipient

Kenneth J. Levit
Executive Director, George Kaiser Family Foundation

Prior to taking on the leadership role at the George Kaiser Family Foundation, Levit served as President of the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa from 2001 to 2006, where he also served as the system Senior Vice President.

From early 1998 through 2000, Levit was Special Counsel to George Tenet, director of the Central Intelligence Agency. He advised the Director on a variety of issues including technology policy, declassification of historical records and the Middle East peace process.

Levit practiced corporate law at Crowe and Dunlevy in Tulsa from 1995-1998.

A Tulsa native and graduate of Holland Hall, Levit earned his law degree from Yale Law School in 1994 where he was also senior editor of the Yale Law Journal.  Prior to law school, he worked as Press Secretary to United States Senator David Boren in Washington D.C. He received his undergraduate degree from Brown University in 1987.

Levit is married to Janet Koven Levit of Chicago, Illinois. They have a son, Nathan, and a daughter, Rebecca.

         Kenneth J. Levit


The Distinguished Public Service Award

The Distinguished Public Service Award is presented to individuals for achievements in the following areas:

Development of medical education so as to embody the highest standards of excellence and dedicated teaching

Improvements in health care for the community, state, and nation

Advancement of ideals that contribute to building a better society