Rose State College Honors Donors With Tower Awards Published October 5, 2022

All of the awards rewarded on stage.Smith and Tanenbaum families honored for support of students 

Rose State College hosted an awards banquet on Thursday, Sept. 22, to honor community members who have made significant contributions to the college with the Tower Awards. The awards were presented in conjunction with Rose State’s 52nd anniversary, having offered its first classes on Sept. 21, 1970. 

The 2022 Tower Awards were given to Randy and Donna Smith and Dick and Glenna Tanenbaum for their tremendous amount of support to Rose State through funding scholarships, capital campaigns and providing necessary means for the college to grow.

“What makes Rose State so special is the many dedicated community members who have contributed to the college's success throughout the years,” Rose State President Dr. Jeanie Webb said. “With the Tower Awards, we recognize a select group of individuals who have gone above and beyond to support the college’s mission to foster lifelong learning for a diverse population.” 

The Tower Awards were established in 2010 for Rose State’s 40th anniversary to honor members of the community who recognize the college’s impact on the people of Midwest City, Del City and the surrounding region.

Dick and Glenna Tanenbaum pose with their Tower Award and President Webb. 

Married since 1974, Randy and Donna Smith have supported Rose State and Midwest City for decades. Randy has held numerous leadership positions in the banking industry and Donna served on the Advantage State Bank Board of Directors for more than 40 years. The couple has provided extensive scholarship assistance to Rose State students to achieve their dreams of higher education.

Dick and Glenna Tanenbaum pose with their Tower Award and President Webb. 

Dick and Glenna Tanenbaum are longtime advocates of the greater Oklahoma City area and have made significant philanthropic contributions to the community. Dick is one of the largest developers in Oklahoma and is the principal owner and CEO of Gardner Tanenbaum Holdings. Glenna remains active in the community and was named the 2017 Philanthropist of the Year by the Oklahoma City University Societies of Awards of Excellence. This year, the Tanenbaum’s gifted Rose State $1.3 million to establish the Tanenbaum Aerospace and Cybersecurity Center. The couple has been married for 45 years.