Don Betz Named Edmond Chamber Citizen of the Year

Posted by Brittany Willison on 12/05/2018

The Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the 2018 Citizen of the Year Award to University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) President Don Betz, Ph.D.

 Betz has established an impressive career in higher education that spans more than 49 years. He currently serves as UCO’s 20th president, a position he has held since August 2011. “I am completely surprised and honored to be selected for this significant award. I’m proud to be a citizen of Edmond and of the relationship the university has with the community,” Betz said. In June 2019, Betz will retire after eight successful years of leading the institution. He is often credited with transforming UCO into a leading metropolitan university and has made great strides in promoting cross-cultural understanding within the university and Edmond.

Outside of the university, Betz has an extensive list of community involvement. He sits on the Edmond Chamber’s Board of Advisors and has taken an active role in the chamber’s legislative agenda and international affairs. He is also a board member for the Edmond Economic Development Authority. In addition to being named the Edmond Chamber’s Citizen of the Year, Betz has received the Oklahoma Political Science Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the World Experiences Foundation Global Citizen Lifetime Achievement Award and was named an Oklahoma Creativity Ambassador, among many other recognitions.

The Citizen of the Year award will be presented to Betz on January 25 at the Edmond Chamber Annual Awards Banquet. The winner of this award must demonstrate one or more of the following to be selected: excellence in their profession, brought state or national acclaim to Edmond, been involved in activities for the betterment of Edmond or served through involvement with civic and service organizations.

To RSVP for the awards banquet, register at by January 19.