AG Appoints Kennedy to Tobacco Trust
Attorney General Drew Edmondson today announced he has appointed Oklahoma City businessman and longtime community volunteer John Kennedy to serve on the board of directors of the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust.
Created by a voter-approved constitutional amendment in 2000, the trust manages and allocates funds received from the 1998 tobacco settlement on programs to improve the health and well being of Oklahomans.
“I would like to thank Attorney General Edmondson for appointing me to this important trust,” Kennedy said. “Thanks in large part to his commitment, there is one half billion dollars available to Oklahoma. There is so much opportunity, with these funds, to do good things for Oklahomans now and for generations to come.”
Founder of Irish Realty and a former Oklahoma Secretary of State, Kennedy has a long history of community service. He currently serves on the boards of directors of the Oklahoma Creativity Project, Heritage Hall School and the University of Oklahoma Fred Jones, Jr. Museum of Art. He is also a member of the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government Dean’s Alumni Leadership Council, board president at Westminster School and a little league baseball coach.
Kennedy’s past service included terms on the Oklahoma Cash Management and Investment Oversight Commission and the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation. He also served as a charter member of the Quality Oklahoma Council and created the Oklahoma Office of Volunteerism.
“John’s wealth of experience from the private sector, government service and volunteer work will be of great benefit to the board,” Edmondson said. “Fighting tobacco use in Oklahoma is an important and difficult task and I appreciate John’s willingness to lend his talents to the effort.”
Kennedy received a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Oklahoma City University and a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University.
Kennedy was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Dr. Robert McCaffree.