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Lippard, Thompson Co-Winners of ECU’S Prestigious George Nigh Award for 2016

Nigh Award recipients with ECU President Hargrave; Regent Connie Reilly; and ECU provost Katricia Pierson.

The prestigious George Nigh Award was presented to two East Central University students during a luncheon in ECU Foundation Hall of the Chickasaw Business and Conference Center. Pictured left to right are: ECU President John R. Hargrave; Regent Connie Reilly of the Regional University System of Oklahoma; Anna Talkington, finalist; Kimberly Condry, finalist; Delaney Lippard, Nigh Award co-winner; Nigh, former governor of Oklahoma; Linzi Thompson, Nigh Award co-winner; Caroline Harris, finalist and Dr. Katricia Pierson, ECU provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Two outstanding East Central University senior students – Delaney Lippard and Linzi Thompson – have been named co-winners of the prestigious George Nigh Award for 2016.

Lippard, of Pauls Valley, and Thompson, of Sulphur, were two of the five finalists selected for the awards which were presented recently at a luncheon in Foundation Hall of the Chickasaw Business and Conference Center.

The other three finalists were Kimberly Condry, of Wagoner; Caroline Harris, Ada and Anna Talkington, Pauls Valley.

The award is named in honor of George Nigh, the former governor of Oklahoma and ECU alumnus. Nigh served four terms in the Oklahoma House of Representatives,
four as lieutenant governor and two as governor. He was also president of the University of Central Oklahoma.

Nigh was on hand to present the awards.

The late Julian Rothbaum, a Tulsa oilman, banker and one-time state regent for higher education, established an endowment through the ECU Foundation Inc. to fund the Nigh Award.

Each year top ECU seniors are selected to apply for this award and, after a rigorous application and interview process, the 2016 recipients were chosen..

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