OU Foundation Board of Trustees adds members

Winter 2019

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Dan Evatt

Don Smitherman
Dan Evatt

Don Smitherman
The University of Oklahoma Foundation Board of Trustees welcomed one new and one returning member at its quarterly meeting in February. Dan Evatt will begin his first term, while Don Smitherman rejoins the board after a three-year absence.

The OU Foundation Board of Trustees is composed of professionals from such fields as finance, law, business, philanthropy and medicine. Members are not compensated and oversee total Foundation assets of $1.9 billion for the benefit of the University of Oklahoma.

“The board of trustees at the University of Oklahoma Foundation is key to our commitment to safeguarding and growing resources that have been entrusted to the OU Foundation since its first gift of $160 in 1944,” said OU Foundation President and CEO Guy L. Patton. “We appreciate Dan and Don’s willingness to serve the Foundation as we continually strive to better serve our donors and to support the University of Oklahoma’s mission.”

Evatt, who holds a 1974 bachelor’s degree from OU, has an advanced management certificate from the University of Michigan and a senior management certificate from the Institute of Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland. Most recently, he retired as chief operational officer of Brainerd Chemical Co., a major regional provider and distributor of chemicals for research facilities, industrial plants and agricultural operations. He now serves as a consultant for the company.

Previously, Evatt was vice president of global accounts for AT&T and led globalization efforts for AT&T’s enterprise telephone systems unit while president of AT&T-EMEA in Brussels, Belgium.

His career has focused on driving operational excellence, refocusing businesses to generate sales growth and produce higher rates of return. He is an executive coach who leads efforts in change management and business development.

Smitherman returns to the OU Foundation as a trustee, having served on the board from 2007 through 2015. He holds a 1989 bachelor’s degree and a 1992 juris doctorate from OU. He has been in private law practice in Oklahoma City since 2002, focusing on civil litigation, government affairs and sports representation with the firms Holloway, Dobson & Bachman, PC; Conner and Winters, PC; the Abel Law Firm; and Moricoli & Schovanec. He now is at Oklahoma City’s Cheek Law Firm.

From 1995 to 1998, Smitherman served as an attorney and field representative for then-U.S. Congressman J.C. Watts Jr. He also has taught at Frederick Douglass High School in Oklahoma City and as an adjunct professor of political science at Rose State College in Midwest City.

Smitherman is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association and served on the Young Lawyers Board of Directors from 1997-2001. He has been a board member for the Oklahoma City National Memorial and a member of the Robert Turner American Inn of Courts, which fosters excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility and skills in the legal profession. He was appointed commissioner of the Oklahoma Merit Protection Commission by Gov. Brad Henry in 2005.

Smitherman played for both the OU Sooners football and baseball teams from 1985 to 1989 and was a member of the 1985 national championship Sooners football team. His wife, Carla, is a 1988 OU finance graduate. The couple has two children.