The Oklahoma Higher Education Heritage Society will honor Dr. Roger Harrison, Jr. at a dinner and induction ceremony, October 30, 2017, in the Nigh Center on the University of Central Oklahoma campus in Edmond. He was selected along with 9 other leaders with distinguished careers in teaching, research, medicine, government, economic development and public service and a former state senator for its 2017 Hall of Fame honors. Dr. Harrison has demonstrated excellence in four measures of achievement in higher education: teaching, research, writing and the application of knowledge to the solution of problems for the benefit of others. During his 28 years at OU, Harrison has received national honors as author of a textbook adopted by 70 major universities in the U.S. and abroad, being a leader in biomedical engineering education, and through research which opened the door for the significant reduction in the amount of toxic substances required for chemotherapy in cancer treatment.
The Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame was established in 1994 to recognize and honor individuals, living and deceased, whose achievement and leadership in scholarship, teaching, research, administration, staff support, outreach and public service have brought honor and distinction to higher education in our state. This year represents the 24th year to honor these individuals’ distinguished contributions.