Jerry Fry

Jerry Fry

Jerry Don “Sugardaddy” Fry was initiated into the Fraternity in the spring of 1986.  He was a leader in Fraternity affairs from the onset of his affiliation with Phi Kappa Tau.  He served as his Pledge Class President and was named the Outstanding Associate Member of 1986-87.  Jerry’s service did not stop when he became an initiated member.  He served as Community Service Chair, Membership Orientation Officer, Secretary and Chapter President.  He was also named the Phi Kappa Tau Horses Ass of 1989-90.  Jerry continued his service after graduation as well.  He served on the Gamma Xi Board of Governors for more than ten years.  While on the BOG Jerry held a variety of positions including Risk Management Advisor, Scholastic Advisor, Ritual Advisor and Financial Advisor.  Jerry was a member of the BOG that received the 1995 Outstanding Board of Governor’s Award from the National Fraternity.  Jerry also served on the Graduate Council for several years holding the offices of Treasurer, Vice President and President.  Jerry was twice recognized as an outstanding alumnus.  Jerry’s latest fraternity endeavor is the founding of the only Alumni Club in Oklahoma, the Order of Phi, of which he serves as president.  He is also a National Alumnus of the Year having received the Taylor Albert Borradaile Outstanding Alumnus Award.  Other recipients include Actor Paul Newman, Astronaut Leroy Chiao and United States Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.   Jerry, since associating with Phi Kappa Tau has never missed a Founders’ Day.  To date he has attended 34 consecutive Founders’ Day celebrations.

Jerry has worked with children and their families for more than 30 years. He has worked for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services and the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs, holding key administrative positions at each agency. He earned both a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s Degree from East Central University. He has been awarded two Governor’s Commendations for his work with children and was named a Distinguished Oklahoma Citizen by the Oklahoma House of Representatives for his involvement with children’s issues. Jerry has served on numerous boards and commissions including the Pottawatomie County Post Adjudication Review Board, the State Post Adjudication Review and Advisory Board, the State Child Abuse Training and Coordination Council, the OKCARE Board of Directors, Mission Tecumseh Board of Directors, Crossroads Youth and Family Services Board of Directors, Tecumseh Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and on the East Central Workforce Investment Board. He was appointed by the Governor to serve as a Commissioner for the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth. He was appointed by the Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives to serve on the Juvenile Justice Reform Committee and assisted the Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives in selecting and vetting members of the Children of Incarcerated Parents Task Force.  He is also a graduate of the inaugural Leadership Tecumseh class.  Jerry is the recipient of the Office of Juvenile Affairs Heroism Award for his efforts in trying to save the life of a critically injured auto accident victim by performing first aid and CPR at the scene.

Jerry served as the Superintendent of Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center, the state’s oldest, largest and most secure facility for Delinquents and Youthful Offenders.  Under Jerry’s leadership COJC went from an institution in crisis to a nationally recognized program.  COJC was selected by Home Box Office as one of the subjects of a documentary movie about incarcerated youth.  Jerry, some of his staff and residents appeared in that movie.  The documentary was produced and directed by a veteran team of HBO filmmakers that have won Peabody Awards, Emmy Awards and were recently nominated for an Academy Award.  Additionally, COJC was chosen by the D12 Foundation, the foundation of NBA All-Star Dwight Howard for a site visit from Dwight Howard himself based on sustained excellence in juvenile justice programming.  COJC was also a 2015 finalist for a prestigious national juvenile justice award and won that award in 2016.

Although shy by nature Jerry has appeared on radio and television in reference to children’s issues and has spoken at numerous conferences.  He was selected to participate in the Oklahoma leg of the Chic-fil-a Leader Tour as an expert panelist on child abuse and neglect.  Other speakers on this leader tour included former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Hugh Shelton, author Henry Cloud, Journalist and TV host Laura Ling, OU Athletic Director Joe Castiglione and OSU Athletic Director Mike Holder.

Jerry, his wife Dawn, a Phi Kappa Tau Little Sister and Phi Kappa Tau Dream Girl, and their children Ethan and Evan live in Bethel and are active members of Broadway United Methodist Church in Tecumseh.  Jerry has been a member of the Church since 1982.

Jerry loves stories about accidental self-tasings and has had to be resuscitated nineteen separate times from laughter asphyxiation at the hands of this web developer.