Julia Chew, a Norman insurance professional and a 1986 Radio/TV/Film graduate, was one of eight exceptional University of Oklahoma alumni and friends who received the 2015 Regents’ Alumni Award in May for their dedication and service to OU. Presented annually by the OU Board of Regents and OU Alumni Association, the Regents’ Alumni Award honors the important roles of OU alumni and supporters to the life of the university.
Chew has been a loyal and fervent supporter of her alma mater since earning her Bachelor of Arts in journalism in 1986. Chew has more than 28 years of experience with State Farm, and held several management positions in Dallas and Texas before becoming an agent in Norman. Since 2002, she has owned her own insurance agency, which provides a full range of insurance and financial products and services. Chew’s Norman insurance agency regularly achieves the Chairman’s Circle Award, given to the top agents in the country, and in 2012, the agency was designated as a President’s Club, a designation given only to the top 50 agents (out of 19,000) by State Farm. Her agency has consistently been named as “Best Insurance Agency in Norman” by readers of The Norman Transcript.
While a student at OU, Chew was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, for which she currently serves as an advisory board member. An active OU alumna, her involvement includes speaking at and moderating conferences and mentoring student-athletes, journalism students and members of her sorority.
In addition to serving on several university councils and boards, Chew is active in the OU women’s basketball booster and mentoring club, Sooner Stilettos, and the President’s Associates Council. The OU President’s Associates program connects alumni and friends of the university who share a collective passion for the university; their annual leadership donations support OU’s mission in promoting efforts to help students achieve their educational goals.
A graduate of both Leadership Norman and Leadership Oklahoma, Chew also is active in the community and state, including service on the board of the Norman Chamber of Commerce. She was appointed by then-Gov. Brad Henry to the Oklahoma Board of Judicial Compensation, and recently was named one of The Journal Record’s “50 Making a Difference” Women of the Year nominees.
A committee formed by the Alumni Association selects the award recipients from nominations made by alumni, friends, and OU faculty and staff. Each year’s recipients receive a plaque and their names are engraved on a permanent plaque in the Oklahoma Memorial Union. Chew was nominated by the OU President’s Associates.