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He has been active in tribal government since 1975. His previous positions include director of tribal health services, director of finance, special assistant to the governor, controller, and he was the tribe’s first lieutenant governor.
In his first term, Governor Anoatubby established goals of economic development and self-sufficiency for the Chickasaw Nation and its people. Today, the Chickasaw Nation is well on its way to achieving those goals.
In 1987, the tribe had approximately 250 employees. Today, the Chickasaw Nation employs more than 13,500 people. The financial condition of the tribe has improved tremendously. Funding for tribal operations has increased exponentially, and tribal assets have grown two-hundredfold.
The Chickasaw Nation operates more than 100 diversified businesses and invests much of its revenue into funding more than 200 programs and services. These programs cover education, health care, youth, aging, housing and more, all of which directly benefit Chickasaw families, Oklahomans and their communities.
Under Governor Anoatubby’s direction, the Chickasaw Nation places a strong emphasis on preserving and sharing its heritage, history, language and culture. This commitment can be seen in the various artistically and culturally-centered programs, language services and the world-renowned Chickasaw Cultural Center.
Governor Anoatubby holds an accounting degree from East Central University, a business degree from Murray State College and has received honorary doctorate degrees from four universities across Oklahoma. He also sits on numerous local and national boards.
Governor Anoatubby has received dozens of awards including being named an Oklahoma Creativity Ambassador, he has been inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges Hall of Fame, as well as the Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame. In addition, he has been named the minority advocate of the year from the U.S. Small Business Administration among many other awards and honors.
Growing up in Oklahoma, Ann Ackerman received a B.S. in Mathematics from OSU and earned a M.S. and Ph.D. from OU. Making her home in Oklahoma City, she began her career as an engineer, but quickly changed to education and spent 25 years in the higher education system. Her positions included Professor of Mathematics, Department Chair of Mathematics, Dean of Science and Mathematics, and Vice President for Economic and Community Development. After leaving academia, she served as the Chief Executive Officer for Leadership Oklahoma, a position that she held for almost ten years. Then from January 2016 – October 2020, she served as the President and CEO of the Oklahoma Business Roundtable, Oklahoma’s primary economic development support organization, providing critical private funds in support of the economic development efforts of the Governor, Lt. Governor, Oklahoma Department of Commerce, and other partners. Dr. Ackerman is an executive decision maker with over thirty years of organizational management and experience as an educator, administrator, economic developer, and nonprofit chief executive officer.
Balancing a career with community involvement, Dr. Ackerman believes in community service. She is a member of Rotary Club 29, Oklahoma’s largest and oldest civic organization, where she served as President of the Board of Directors in 2019-2020 and is a Paul Harris Fellow. She currently is the Chair of the Rotary Club 29 Foundation Board. In addition, Dr. Ackerman currently serves as Treasurer of the Friends of the Mansion Board of Directors, as a Member of the University of Central Oklahoma’s Council of Advisors, and as Member of the Advisory Board of Leadership Oklahoma City.
She has also served as Chairman of the American Red Cross of Central Oklahoma, Chair of the Governor’s Youth Council, President of Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges, Member of the Governor’s Council of Science and Technology, Trustee for Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics Foundation, Governor’s Appointee to Oklahoma Science and Technology Research and Development Board and has held leadership positions in over 40 other civic and nonprofit organizations.
Dr. Ackerman was inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame and received the Distinguished Alumni Award for Mathematics from the College of Arts and Sciences at Oklahoma State University. Other accomplishments include selection as an American Council on Education Fellow and recipient of Leadership Oklahoma City’s Paragon Award for Service, Journal Record’s Woman of the Year Circle of Excellence, Junior Hospitality’s Woman in the News and OCCC Employee Award for Excellence. Seven times since 2012 she was named one of the Most Powerful Women in Oklahoma by Friday and in 2014 was one of The Journal Record’s Most Admired CEO’s.
Believing that the best way to reduce stress is physical activity, Ann enjoys exercising and hiking. She also likes to travel and has visited 30 countries and all 50 states.