The Distinguished Philanthropist Award will be presented to the Chickasaw Nation as Gov. Bill Anoatubby is accepting on its behalf.
The Chickasaw Nation has been a vital partner with ECU, particularly with the current construction of the Chickasaw Business and Conference Center and sponsorship of the new football turf at Norris Field.
Anoatubby has served as Governor of the Chickasaw Nation since 1987. Prior to that, he served as the first lieutenant governor from 1979-1987. He has been active in tribal government since 1975. His previous positions included director of tribal health services, director of finance, special assistant to the governor and controller.
Today, the Chickasaw Nation employs nearly 12,000 people. Funding for tribal operations has grown exponentially and tribal assets have grown 20 fold. Anoatubby has been committed to meeting the needs and desires of Chickasaw people by providing health care services, opportunities for employment and career advancement, heritage preservation, cultural preservation and growth, and the chance for every Chickasaw to obtain a higher education.
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Prior to his involvement with the Chickasaw Nation, Anoatubby managed office operations of American Plating Company and the chief accountant of Little Giant Corporation.
He received his associate’s degree in business from Murray State College in 1970 and a bachelor’s of science degree in accounting from ECU in 1972.
Anoatubby and his wife Janice have two sons, Brian and Chris, and five grandchildren, Brendan, Eryn, Chloe, Sydney and Preslea.
Also being honored that evening will be the following Centennial Endowments: Gary and Linda Ainsworth Russian Travel Endowment, Millsap Endowment for Health Professions, Ruth Walker Landrum Sculpture Endowment, Judy Crabtree Memorial Psychology Endowment, Virgil Taylor Vocational Rehabilitation Memorial Endowment, Ross Share Endowment, Citizens Bank Business Endowment, Dr. Gerald Williamson Endowment, Once a Tiger Always a Tiger Endowment, Linda Murray Flute Endowment and Dr. James Harris Endowment.