In April 1980, an Oklahoma City couple pledged one of the largest gifts in Oklahoma Christian’s history. Ralph and Maxine Harvey pledged $2 million to be paid to the school over five years. One million dollars went to the $3 million business center, and $1 million assisted in the $15 million Enterprise Square project.
In September 1980, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey cut the ceremonial ribbon officially dedicating the new Harvey Business Center. The Harveys have been longtime supporters of OC. Mr. Harvey, president of Marlin Oil Company, was a member of the board of trustees, and Mrs. Harvey was the former president of the Oklahoma Christian College Women’s Association.
In making the gift, Mr. Harvey said, “Young people have always been uppermost in my mind and my life. I feel they get a better background for life at a college where spiritual values are represented as well as academic achievement.” The $2 million gift was given to “further these values.”
The 24,000-square-foot Harvey Business Center includes offices, classrooms, a small conference room, a small lounge, two auditorium classrooms, a computer lab and Information Technology Services.
The friendship and support extended to Oklahoma Christian by Ralph and Maxine Harvey have been reflected in numerous ways throughout the years. They have made significant investments of their time, their leadership and their financial resources.
Their investment in Oklahoma Christian is helping immeasurably in securing a unique environment in which young people can prepare themselves for Christ-centered lives. This generous spirit stands as an outstanding example for patrons of higher education.
Mr. Harvey’s career is representative of the American dream. He has a deep appreciation for the founding principles of America’s system of enterprise. His ability, coupled with perseverance and dedication, has enabled him to build Marlin Oil Corporation. Mr. Harvey’s leadership and concern for others have made him esteemed and respected within his profession and his community as well as among the friends of Oklahoma Christian.
The Harvey Business Center was made possible by a major gift from the Ralph E. Harvey family. The building is the fulfillment of his dream of providing a facility for the students at Oklahoma Christian.