In 1957, Thurman J. White, Vice President of Continuing Education and Public Service at OU, secured one of 12 grants given by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for creating university-based residential conference centers around the world. The grant, the largest the university had received to date, was used to build the Thurman J. White Forum Building and other structures that collectively formed the Oklahoma Center for Continuing Education (OCCE). OCCE was unveiled in 1962 as a self-contained community for adult learners. Today as part of OU Extended Campus, the Forum continues to serve the needs of a wide variety of meeting and conference participants. Participants come from every state and many foreign countries to attend courses and conferences in a variety of formats. The Forum hosts some 400 events annually for more than 21,000 attendees.
The International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame, located with the Thurman J. White Forum Building, began with the desire to provide a way to honor and document the contributions and innovations of leaders in the field of adult and continuing education and to better pave the way for future leaders in the profession. On September 20, 1995, the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame was incorporated in the state of Oklahoma as a nonprofit corporation. The official home for the Hall of Fame is the Thurman J. White Forum Building