Jake Henry Receives Vision Leadership Award

Jake Henry Jr. has been named the Tulsa Community College Foundation 2014 Vision in Education Leadership Award recipient. He will receive the award at the Vision in Education Leadership Award Dinner Sept. 30 at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel, 6808 S. 107th E. Ave.

Henry has served as the president and chief executive officer of Saint Francis Health System since 2002. Throughout the years, he has shown continuous commitment to his community and profession.

However, it is Henry’s contributions and commitment to education that set him apart to receive this prestigious award from the Tulsa Community College Foundation. Henry’s deep interest in education began early. His post graduate work was in higher education administration. As he noted in his Tulsa Regional Chamber inaugural address, he feels “leadership begins in the classroom, not in the boardroom.”

“Jake Henry Jr. has made a significant personal commitment and investment to support education, from common education to higher education,” says President and Dr. Leigh B. Goodson. “TCC plays an important role in educating and training healthcare providers through our nursing and allied health programs. Our relationship with Saint Francis continues to grow as large numbers of our graduates achieve careers with the Saint Francis Health System.”

As has been Henry’s custom throughout his career, he dedicates part of his time and service to various community and philanthropic boards. He is the immediate past chair of the Tulsa Regional Chamber. He headed the 2006 Tulsa Area United Way Campaign and chaired the organization the following year. He was selected as Man of the Year for the American Diabetes Association and has assured Saint Francis’ significant financial support for the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, the Alzheimer’s Association, Tulsa Community College, Oklahoma State University’s Center for Health Sciences, and the University of Oklahoma’s schools of medicine, nursing and medical professional assistants. He serves on the boards of Montereau Continuing Care Retirement Community, the Laureate Institute for Brain Research and The Children’s Hospital Foundation at Saint Francis. He has been named in the Best of the Best category for the last several years by Oklahoma Magazine.

In addition to his community service, Henry chairs the Xavier Insurance Company, the system’s captive insurance company domiciled in Vermont. He is the chair of CommunityCare Managed Healthcare Plans of Oklahoma and is a member of the board of American Bank and Trust Company.

Professionally, Henry is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and received the Oklahoma Regent’s Award from that organization in 2011. He has served as a member of the American Hospital Association’s House of Delegates.

The Vision Award is presented annually to an individual dedicated to education excellence and community leadership. Past honorees include Keith Ballard, David Boren, Montie Box, former Governor Brad Henry, John-Kelly C. Warren, George Kaiser, Paula Marshall, Lynn and Stacy Schusterman, and Don Walker. Funds raised by the Vision Dinner will support scholarships and special programs for students and faculty. Thanks to generous donations, the Foundation gives more than $1 million annually to programs and scholarships to support students, faculty and staff.

John-Kelly C. Warren is the Vision Honorary Chair and Konnie Boulter is the Dinner Committee Chair for the 2014 Tulsa Community College Vision in Education Leadership Award Dinner. Committee members are Aaron Massey, Alana Hughes, Jim Langdon, Lauren Landwerlin, Lisette Coston, Phil Lakin, Jr., Steve Turnbo, Susan Harris, and Teresa Burkett. Larry Mocha is the Foundation Board Chair.

Updated 08-25-2014

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