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Q&A with President John deSteiguer OC debuts new leadership By Mark Schlachtenhaufen The Business Times tian University in January 2003 as part of then- President Mike O'Neal's new administration. Just nine years later, deSteiguer became OC's seventh president on May 1. He will be inau- gurated in special ceremonies on Aug. 27. John and his wife Darla have two teenage John deSteiguer came to Oklahoma Chris- children, Joe and Abby. They live in Edmond where he is a deacon and frequent Bible class teacher at Memorial Road Church of Christ. "I am married to absolutely the best wom- an in the world," deSteiguer said. "She was my college sweetheart. She was also the home- coming queen at Northeastern. So I really married above myself. Darla is great." deSteiguer is a member of the Oklahoma U.S. from the East Coast to the West Coast," he said. "Our longest tour of duty was in Oma- ha, Neb., at the Strategic Air Command." Before his father retired, they were sta- tioned on Guam. "He was a great man," deSteiguer said. "It Photos by Mark Schlachtenhaufen | The Business Times During deSteiguer's nine years as OC's chief was a really great life growing up." After his father retired, they moved to Tahlequah, his mother's hometown. She was a teacher in California and in Oklahoma. His two younger sisters were teachers as well. "Mom and dad, they were very serious about advancement offi cer, most recently as senior vice president for advancement, a record $110 million was given to the university, including the successful Higher Learning-Higher Call- ing campaign, which raised $64.3 million and was completed ahead of schedule. That campaign led to the construction of living lives of honesty and integrity, being kind to other people, reaching out to those that we could help, always being sensitive to others," deSteiguer said. Faith-based values also were strong in his Bar Association, the Oklahoma Planned Giv- ing Council, the Edmond Rotary Club and the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce, where he has served as vice chairman for governmen- tal relations. A native of Tahlequah, deSteiguer lived in OC's new Lawson Commons, featuring the Freede Centennial Tower and McGraw Pavil- ion, and the $7.5 million initiative to build the Noble Science Wing and upgrade the Mabee Laboratories at Vose Hall. deSteiguer said it was the largest campaign family's home. Anytime the church doors were open, they attended, deSteiguer said. His par- ents also taught him that when there's a job to be done, do it well. After graduating from Tahlequah High California, Nebraska, Texas, Virginia and on the island of Guam as a child. His father was a Vietnam-era aviator who was a commander in the U.S. Navy. His father served on aircraft carriers off Vietnam and fl ew more than 250 missions. "We were stationed all over the continental 6 in OC history and it has had a transformation- al impact on the university's 200-acre campus that borders the City of Edmond. Now the university is promoting college af- fordability with new pricing, deSteiguer said. The past fi ve years have featured the fi ve School in 1980, he went to Northeastern State as a political science major. He was ac- tive in the Model United Nations program, be- came NSU's fi rst Truman Scholar and served as president of NSU's student government and the President's Leadership Class before his graduation in 1984. He served Northeast- ern State University, his alma mater, as its di- rector of development from 1993-2002 before coming to OC. The Business Times of Edmond, August 2012 largest enrollments in OC history, including 2,193 students for the 2011-12 academic year. OC's student body is composed of students from 42 states and 61 countries. Tuition for most students taking 12-17 hours will be $18,800 per year, according to infor- mation released by OC earlier this year. Total charges for the typical OC student, including room and board, will be $24,975. That price is far below the national private-school average of $38,589, and is further reduced by fi nancial aid that makes OC's nationally recognized ed-

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