The International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame officially began with the desire to provide a mechanism to honor and document the contributions and innovations of leaders in the field of adult and continuing education and to better pave the way for future leaders in the profession. 

Dr. Thurman J. White, Vice President Emeritus of Continuing Education and Public Service at the University of Oklahoma, began the discussion of this idea with current leaders and officers of several associations and organizations (University Continuing Education Association, American Society for Training and Development, American Association of Adult and Continuing Education, ECOP/National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges).

After considerable discussion, the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame was incorporated in the state of Oklahoma on September 20, 1995, as a nonprofit corporation. From the higher education groups noted above a Board of Directors was selected.


Board of Directors

Thurman J.White, Chair; John C. Snider,Vice Chair; Monroe C. Neff, Executive Coordinator; Betty Ward, Secretary; John Holden, Treasurer. In addition, members-at-large were appointed. These included: Marcia BankirerMyron D. JohnsrudKen McCulloughJames P. PappasEdward G. Simpson, Jr., and E.Travis York

Hall of Fame Founder

Thurman White, inducted in the first Class of 1996, is a pioneering contributor to the theoretical base of adult education. He conceived and played an active role in the design and development of the Oklahoma Center for Continuing Education (OU Outreach) on the University of Oklahoma’s Norman campus, one of ten W.K. Kellogg Foundation-funded university-based residential conference centers in the world.