OU Foundation team bids farewell to Gary Beadles, welcomes Keith Peters

Spring 2020

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Gary Beadles

Keith Peters
Gary Beadles

Keith Peters
The University of Oklahoma Foundation has passed a torch as longtime vice president and general counsel Gary Beadles retires and hands his duties over to Keith Peters.

Beadles has served at the OU Foundation for two decades, during which time he broadly expanded the foundation’s ability to assist donors with estate planning and gifts of mineral interests, art and real estate.

“I help donors get to where they want to go,” said the 1972 OU College of Law graduate. “It’s a job of service, and it feels so good to see them happy – to find a purpose for a gift that thrills their heart and soul. I have loved coming to work every day.

“The magnitude and impact of gifts to OU has been beautiful,” said Beadles, who previously served for more than 25 years as an attorney in private practice in Pauls Valley, Okla. “It’s life-changing for so many people, certainly for the donor and recipient. Planned giving makes things possible that were either impossible or difficult. Witnessing the satisfaction of a person who makes a planned gift to benefit the university in perpetuity is very rewarding.”

“These kinds of transitions are always bittersweet,” said Guy L. Patton, president and CEO of the OU Foundation. “Gary has done so much for the foundation and its donors over the past 20 years. His warm and accessible style have been a welcome resource for our donors. We will miss him.

“We welcome Keith and look forward to introducing him to our many alumni and friends. Keith’s exceptional experience in tax and estate law make him a perfect fit to provide counsel to the foundation and to our donors. We are thrilled to have him join the foundation team.”

Peters comes to the OU Foundation from one of Oklahoma City’s top law firms, McAfee & Taft, where he served for 12 years representing clients in business planning, estate planning and tax matters. He advised privately held businesses on such issues as entity acquisitions, reorganizations, dissolutions, and asset acquisitions and divestitures.

He also worked with families to design and implement tax-efficient wealth transfer planning and with tax-exempt organizations on formation and administration issues.

“My OU undergraduate experience was a formative one,” Peters said. “I am thrilled to work with the generous donors and the foundation’s outstanding trustees and staff to steward resources critical to OU’s ability to provide such fulfillment to current and future Sooners.”

A 2002 OU alumnus, Peters was named the outstanding senior in OU’s Price College of Business and went on to graduate from Harvard Law School in 2006 before receiving an LLM in taxation from New York University.

He has published articles on tax topics and served as a guest lecturer on such issues as charitable giving. Peters has been named to The Best Lawyers in America and was included in the Super Lawyers list of “Oklahoma Rising Stars.” He also received the 2013 Trailblazer Award from the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Peters has been active as a trustee of the Oklahoma City Zoological Trust and is a lifetime director and former president of the Oklahoma Zoological Society. He served on the Redbud Classic board of directors and on the alumni advisory board for Price College’s J.C. Penney Leadership Program.