Senate Minority Floor Leader Kay Floyd was recognized today with the 2020 Distinguished Service Award for Higher Education. She was honored for her support of higher education in her role as Senate Minority Floor Leader and as a member of the Senate Appropriations, Finance, General Government and Judiciary committees.

“Since her election to the Oklahoma State Senate in 2014, Sen. Floyd has been a strong advocate for our state system of higher education,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “She has been an effective leader in maintaining the current law regarding weapons on campus and an avid supporter of students. Throughout Sen. Floyd’s career in the Legislature, she has been supportive of higher education’s budget request, and she played an important role in the effort to minimize the budget cut to higher education during the 2020 legislative session.”

The Distinguished Service Awards for Higher Education recognize individuals who demonstrate distinguished leadership and support of higher education in Oklahoma during the legislative session. It is the highest award presented by the State Regents and the Council of College and University Presidents.

“It is a tremendous honor to receive this award from the Regents for Higher Education,” said Sen. Floyd. “As a proud graduate of Oklahoma’s higher education system, I understand how vital our public colleges and universities are for the future of our state. In the legislature I will continue to advocate for strong investment in higher education.”