Distinguished Alumni Award

An Honorable Tradition

For more than 50 years, UCO has honored its most outstanding alumni with the Distinguished Alumni Award (DAA). The DAA award recognizes outstanding accomplishments in education, arts and sciences, business/professions, community service or university service.

For more information, contact the UCO Alumni Association at (405) 974-2421.

2017 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Ron Armstrong (BS '77)

Ron Armstrong is CEO of PACCAR Inc., an American Fortune 500 company among one of the largest heavy- and medium-duty truck producers in the world. Over the last 24 years with PACCAR, he has held a number of positions including president, executive vice president and senior vice president of financial services. Prior to joining PACCAR, Armstrong spent 16 years at Ernst and Young where he served in positions of senior accountant, audit manager and senior manager. He served a broad range of clients with emphasis in manufacturing and oil and gas. He also led the office's recruiting efforts and was an instructor for national training courses. Armstrong graduated from Central summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in accounting. In 1977, he passed the Certified Public Accountant exam. He also attended the Executive Development Program at Northwestern University. 


Carlos Evans (BBA '04)

Carlos Evans is the chief commercial officer and founding partner of Tall Oak Midstream, an innovative midstream company serving oil and gas producers with a full suite of midstream services. He leads the commercial and business development team at Tall Oak Midstream and oversees the execution of the company's crude oil service agreements. Prior to helping lead the formation of Tall Oak in 2014, Evans was the manager of gas sales for Chesapeake Energy Corporation. He also served in a variety of positions with Chesapeake Energy Marketing, including as manager of the commercial gas business unit and gas scheduling. Born in Guatemala, Evans was raised in Napa Valley, California, before moving to Oklahoma City in middle school. UCO's location, programs and affordability attracted Evans to the university, and he received his bachelor's degree in finance from Central in 2004.


Raul Font, Ed.D. (M.Ed. '84)

Raul Font has devoted more than 40 years of his professional career to education and serving his community. A founding member of the Latino Community Development Agency (LCDA), Font began serving as president in April 2015. He has brought to life his agency's mission of enriching the mental and physical health and social wellbeing of the communities he serves. Prior to the LCDA, Font served as the superintendent for instruction/external resources with Santa Fe South Schools Inc. - a charter school in south Oklahoma City serving a high concentration of Hispanic families. Font has also served as a national board member of the State Legalization Impact Assistance Grants program and as a national English-as-a-second-language consultant for the Council of Chief State School Officers, both organizations in Washington, D.C. Font received his Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Mayaguez in Puerto Rico and his master's degree in bilingual education/English as a second language from UCO. He obtained his doctoral degree in education administration, curriculum and supervision from The University of Oklahoma.


Milena Govich (BM '99)

Actress and director Milena Govich first gained national attention on the CBS television series "Love Monkey" and with a recurring role spanning three seasons of "Rescue Me." She also starred in the Dick Wolf series "Conviction", which led to her role as the first and only female detective on the Emmy-winning series "Law and Order." She recently found directing success with her selection for the American Film Institute's prestigious Directing Workshop for Women under the mentorship of Paul Feig. Her short film, "Temporary," premiered at the 2017 San Francisco Independent Film Festival. Govich also experienced success on Broadway in the musical revival of "Caberet" in the role of Lulu. She then performed on Broadway in the musical revival of "The Boys from Syracuse" and in the musical "Good Vibrations." She also starred as Millie in the first regional production of "Thoroughly Modern Millie," and she starred in the title role of "Sweet Charity" at the Lyric Theatre. A native of Norman, Oklahoma, Govich was her high school valedictorian before coming to Central. She double majored in vocal performance and pre-med, graduating with a Bachelors of Music in 1999. She currently resides in Los Angeles and is developing TV/film projects with her husband and producing partner, writer and composer David Cornue.


Rachel Vincent, (BA '00)

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent is the author of more than 25 novels for teens and adults. She is best known for the "Shifters" novels, a present-day fantasy series about a female shapeshifter carving out a place for herself in a patriarchal society. Vincent is a former English teacher and came to Central at the age of 19 when her husband was transferred to Tinker Air Force Base. She received her bachelor's degree in English from Central in 2000.