Friends of the Library, in conjunction with the Learning Resources Center, cordially invites you to a lecture by former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating. Mr. Keating will be speaking in the Atkinson Theatre (building number 10 on the map) at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday August 26th. The title of his talk is “Leading in Crisis: The Oklahoma City Bombing.”
Born in Tulsa, Frank Keating received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and his law degree from the University of Oklahoma. His thirty-year career in law enforcement and public service included stints as an FBI agent; U.S. Attorney and state prosecutor; Oklahoma House and Senate member; and governor of Oklahoma.
He served Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush in the Treasury, Justice, and Housing departments. His Justice and Treasury service gave him responsibility for all federal criminal prosecutions in the nation and oversight over agencies such as the Secret Service, U.S. Customs, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, U.S. Marshals, the Bureau of Prisons, and the immigration and Naturalization Service and all 94 U.S. Attorneys.
He served two terms as Oklahoma’s 25th governor. As the governor of Oklahoma, Keating won national acclaim in 1995 for his compassionate and professional handling of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal building in Oklahoma City. In the aftermath of the tragedy, he raised more than six million dollars to fund scholarships for the nearly 200 children left with only one parent or no parents.
Keating is president and CEO of the American Bankers Association, a 135 year old association that represents banks of all sizes and charters and is the voice for the nation’s $13 trillion banking industry and its two million employees.
Currently, Keating is chairman of the Advisory Board of Mt. Vernon and serves on the boards of the National Archives, the Jamestown Foundation and the Bipartisan Policy Center. Keating is also the author of four award-winning children’s books, biographies of Will Rogers, Theodore Roosevelt, George Washington, and Standing Bear, the Ponca Indian chief who argued Native Americans deserve the same rights as white Americans. He is the recipient of six honorary degrees.
He and his wife Cathy live in McLean, Virginia. They have three children and ten grandchildren.
This event is free and open to the public. If you have further questions, call 405-733-7402.