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October 16, 2009 - Former Governor and Wife Honored for Public Service  RSS feed

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The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education recently honored former Gov. George Nigh and his wife, Donna, for their work promoting higher education.

Throughout their public careers, the Nighs have advocated the importance of education for all citizens in Oklahoma.

In 1999, the State Regents established the George and Donna Nigh Scholarship as a part of the George and Donna Nigh Public Service Institute.

The Nigh Scholarship provides scholarship opportunities to outstanding students who are preparing for careers in public service. A component of the scholarship program is participation in seminars on public service offered by the Nigh Institute. Each college and university in Oklahoma may nominate one scholarship recipient per year.

In 1950, Nigh was elected to his first term in the Oklahoma House of Representatives while a senior in college at East Central University in Ada. He served eight years in the House, 16 years as lieutenant governor and eight years as governor.

The Nighs also served as president and first lady of the University of Central Oklahoma from 1992 to 1997.

During their tenure at UCO, the Nighs oversaw an expansion of the university including transformational construction projects that took the university from a commuter to a residential university.

The Nighs head the Donna Nigh Foundation, a nonprofit organization serving Oklahomans with developmental disabilities.

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Former Gov. George Nigh and his wife, Donna, were recently honored by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education for their work promoting higher education.

Download list of April 2009 Nigh Academy Scholars here (PDF 10K).