Kendall College of Arts & Sciences

Alumna Kim Johnson named
CEO of Tulsa City-County Library

Kim Johnson (BA ’96) was named chief executive officer of the Tulsa City-County Library in November 2016 after 18 years of dedicated service in the 24-site system. She is the first African American to become the library’s top administrator.

Remembering Yevgeny Yevtushenko

University of Tulsa Distinguished Professor of Literature Yevgeny Yevtushenko died on April 1, 2017. He was 84.

The internationally renowned Russian poet had been a faculty member at TU since 1992. He spent time outside of class teaching and conducting readings of Babi Yar and other works in New York City, the former Soviet Union and around the globe.

“None of us who knew him – and any of the many students he taught over the years – will ever forget the force of nature he was,” said Provost Roger Blais. “Zhenya first visited TU for a poetry reading at the request of then-TU President Robert Donaldson, who also was the university’s expert on Russia. Soon after, Zhenya accepted an offer to join our English faculty.”

Despite recent health setbacks, Yevtushenko continued to teach at TU, which recognized him with a Doctor of Fine Arts Honoris Causa in 1993 and as an honorary member of TU’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in 2000.

Theatre alumnus picked for Shondaland TV pilot

Wesam Keesh (BA ’09) joins the cast of a legal drama television pilot produced by Shondaland and ABC Studios. Keesh will play a law school graduate launching his career as a public defender.

Keesh’s résumé of television, films and other independent projects includes a recurring role on MTV’s five seasons of the teenage comedy Awkward. He appeared in an episode of Chicago Justice and has hosted more than 100 episodes of his podcast, Actors Anonymous.

Communication Hall of Fame welcomes Hinkle

Longtime University of Tulsa adjunct instructor and cofounder of the university’s Ad Program William “Bill” Hinkle (BS ’69) was inducted into the TU Communication Hall of Fame on Jan. 26.

A 47-year veteran of the advertising business, Hinkle is founder of Hinkle Creative Services and sponsored the Hinkle Creative Center in TU’s Oliphant Hall.