Thurman White

A major figure of Oklahoma's history of higher education

In 1957, Dr. Thurman J. White secured one of 12 grants given by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for creating university-based residential conference centers around the world. 

The grant, the largest the university had received to date, was used to build the Thurman J. White Forum and other structures that collectively formed the Oklahoma Center for Continuing Education (OCCE).

The Thurman J. White Forum was completed in 1962. 

Dr. White passed away in 2007. OU President David Boren said in a statement, “Dr. White was a major figure in the history of higher education in our state. He was a pioneer in the field of continuing education for adult and nontraditional students and his leadership led to the formation of the Oklahoma Center for Continuing Education on the OU campus.” 

"The greatest use of life is to spend it on something that will outlive it." - Dr. Thurman White

International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame

The Thurman J. White Forum is home to the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame,founded by Dr. White and incorporated in the state of Oklahoma in 1995.