Biography

Bill Anoatubby began work for the Chickasaw Nation in 1975 as health services director. A year later, he was asked to direct its finance department. In October 1978, he was promoted to the position of special assistant to the governor and controller. In 1979, he was elected as the tribe’s first Lt. Governor. Governor Anoatubby was elected to his first term as Governor in 1987. In his first term, Governor Anoatubby established goals of economic development and self-sufficiency for the Chickasaw Nation and its people.

Today, the Chickasaw Nation is well on the way to achieving those goals. In 1987, the tribe had about 250 employees. Today, the Chickasaw Nation employs more than 14,000 people. The financial condition of the tribe has been improved tremendously. Funding for tribal operations has grown exponentially. Tribal assets have grown two-hundredfold. Governor Anoatubby is committed to meeting the needs of Chickasaw people through programs and services. Governor Anoatubby and his wife, Janice, have two sons, Brian and Chris and five grandchildren, Brendan, Eryn, Chloe, Sydney and Preslea.

Educational Background: Bill Anoatubby attended public schools in Tishomingo. In 1964, he graduated from Tishomingo High School. He attended Murray State College earning an associate’s degree in business in 1970. In 1972, he completed his bachelor’s degree in accounting at East Central College. He has 18 hours of additional studies in business and finance from Southeastern State University and from East Central University, and has taken numerous continuing education courses in management, including study from Dun and Bradstreet in financial management. He was awarded honorary doctorate degrees from Bacone College in 2012, the University of Oklahoma in 2014, Oklahoma City University in 2015 and Oklahoma State University in 2016.

Last Updated: 12/4/2018