Frank Hill honored with University of Oklahoma’s 2023 Regents’ Alumni Award

Photo of OU Board of Regents Chair Natalie Shirley and OU President Joe Harroz presenting Frank Hill with the 2023 Regents’ Alumni Award

Pictured above: OU Board of Regents Chair Natalie Shirley and OU President Joe Harroz present Frank Hill with the 2023 Regents’ Alumni Award.


Veteran real estate and business attorney Frank D. Hill was honored with the University of Oklahoma’s 2023 Regents’ Alumni Award for his extraordinary dedication and service to the university at a special ceremony on September 29, 2023, on the OU campus in Norman, OK.

Presented by the OU Board of Regents and OU Alumni Association, the award celebrates the profound way OU alumni and supporters shape the university’s vibrant future. In addition to receiving a commemorative plaque in recognition of the prestigious honor, Hill’s name will be permanently inscribed on a plaque displayed in the historic Oklahoma Memorial Union.

Several lawyers from the firm attended the ceremony honoring Hill, including Michael Joseph, Myrna Latham, Alan Holloway, Josh Smith, and Jeremy Black.

A native Oklahoman, Hill launched a lifetime of championing OU while still working toward his bachelor’s degree in accounting. Over the year, his many contributions to the university included  serving as president and director of the Bizzell Library Society and as outside general counsel for to the University of Oklahoma Foundation.  Hill was also instrumental in establishing the Kenneth E. McAfee Chair in Law at the OU College of Law with an innovative matching funds component that was generated by lawyers and clients of the firm. He also helped establish endowed scholarships and program funds at the university for his father (Orval “Ike” Hill), Galand Kramer, McAfee & Taft colleague Reid Robison, Shannon Self, and others.

Hill and his wife, Bette Jo, have been President’s Associates since 1986, as well as Sooner Heritage Scholarship donors and supporters of OU’s Athletics Department.

Other recipients of the 2023 Regents’ Alumni Award were John T. Argo, Monica Basu, Jarrod Calhoun, Michael S. Cookson, M.D., Chuck and Mary Ellen Doyle, Martha Ferretti, Kirk Alan Jones, Louis Don Smitherman and Bruce Wilkinson.