Rose State’s Dr. Nyla Khan Named to Journal Record’s ’50 Women Making a Difference’ Published October 15, 2019 by Daniel Beck

Nyla KhanRose State professor and author, Dr. Nyla Khan, was named to the Journal Record’s “50 Women Making a Difference.” Khan is known most notably for work as a human rights and women’s rights activist, and for her academic and political work in Oklahoma and the Kashmir region of India. Khan was recently appointed as Commissioner of the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women by Senator Greg Treat, President Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma Senate. She was also awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award and Silver Medal for her bridge-building work at the community and grassroots-level in the State of Oklahoma and was selected by Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt as a member of the International Team of the Governor of Oklahoma. Khan is also an Oklahoma Humanities Scholar and regularly speaks at public libraries and women’s correctional facilities across the state.

The “Fifty Making a Difference” spotlights female business and community leaders making a difference in Oklahoma, and includes individuals from various sectors, both private and public. 

Khan, along with the other award recipients, were honored during the Journal Record’s 39th annual Woman of the Year reception held Thursday, October 10, at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. In addition to the awards reception, Khan was featured in a special publication highlighting the fifty women. 

“I am humbled to be one of the 2019 honorees of the Journal Record Woman of the Year,” said Dr. Khan. “Oklahoma has given me an amazing platform and an ability to make a constructive change at the grassroots level. Every day I learn to leverage challenges to transform myself in powerful and positive ways.” 

Dr. Kayse Shrum, president of the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences and dean of OSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, as well as the Oklahoma secretary of science and innovation, received the 2019 Woman of the Year award.