Terry Childers looked at Oklahoma Christian and saw the ingredients in place to produce strong leaders with strong values to lead our state and nation into the future. It moved the Oklahoma businessman to make a gift of $2 million to create the Childers Institute for Leadership at Oklahoma Christian University.
“I’ve been impressed with Oklahoma Christian ever since I was first exposed to it when I came to Oklahoma City 13 years ago,” Childers said when he announced the endowment. “I’ve grown to know it on an intimate basis, and I feel we have the best opportunity at Oklahoma Christian of shaping and developing leaders of tomorrow.”
A former city manager of Oklahoma City, Childers serves on the Oklahoma Christian Board of Trustees and is owner of Edmond-based Childers Corporation.
The Childers Institute has four components. The Childers Chair of Political Leadership provides a professorship for a highly-qualified individual to teach in the program. The Childers Student Scholarship Program awards five major scholarships annually. The Childers Lectures in Political Leadership bring to campus nationally-known speakers with conservative values. The Childers Student Internship Program places students in key roles in the nation’s capital.
“As a result of Oklahoma Christian’s teaching and encouraging values, we have the opportunity to produce young men and women for leadership roles, not only in business but in not-for-profit organizations, who would serve with distinction,” Childers said.