Ken Busby Honored by Leadership Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA LEADERS: Enjoying the Leadership Oklahoma meeting at Gilcrease Museum are, from left, Oklahoma Heritage Association President and CEO Shannon Rich, Oklahoma Heritage Association Chairman of the Board Joe Moran, and honorees Aaron Brownlee and Ken Busby.

Leadership Oklahoma presented three awards for leadership at its board of directors meeting at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa on March 27.

The Distinguished Graduate Award honors a Leadership Oklahoma graduate whose recent leadership activities have exemplified the highest standards of Leadership Oklahoma and whose activities achieved results or set an example of statewide significance. The Distinguished Graduate Award belongs to Ken Busby, the former executive director and chief executive officer of the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa. Under his leadership for the past 12 and a half years, the Council, a service organization for more than 60 cultural organizations, has become one of the top 50 local arts councils in the nation. Busby is a visionary and has been instrumental in the revival of downtown Tulsa. He was previously the director of development for Tulsa Zoo Friends. Prior to that, Busby was with Gilcrease Museum for eight years, serving as membership director and director of communication. Busby is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma Class .

Busby serves as president of Tulsa International Mayfest and chairman of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center Trust. He is on the executive committee of the Tulsa Regional Chamber’s Visit Tulsa Committee. In 2010, he was elected to the Arts Education Advisory Council of Americans for the Arts and is immediate past chairman of that committee. Busby is an adjunct professor at the University of Tulsa and serves as a consultant in the areas of fundraising, grant writing, strategic planning and board development for nonprofits across the state. In 2008, Busby received the Governor’s Arts Award for Community Service and the Global Vision Award from Tulsa Global Alliance. In 2010, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Paseo Arts Association. The Association of Fundraising Professionals named him its Outstanding Fundraising Executive in 2013.

Also honored was Wymer Brownlee, a benevolent Enid company, with the Business Leadership Award. It consists of a team of tax and accounting specialists, financial advisors, and business consultants who provide personalized assistance and other resources.

In addition, the Statewide Community Award acknowledges the Gaylord-Pickens Museum, Home of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Founded in 1927 and headquartered in Oklahoma City, the preserves Oklahoma’s unique history while promoting pride in the great state.

Leadership Oklahoma is a statewide organization with over 1,381 graduates from 166 Oklahoma communities whose mission is to create, inspire and support a dynamic network of leaders whose increased awareness and commitment to service will energize Oklahomans to shape the Oklahoma’s future.

Updated 05-11-2015

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