Legendary football coach Gene Stallings will be the keynote speaker on Tuesday, November 13 at the sixth-annual J.J. Millican Ethics Symposium on the campus of Oklahoma Christian University.
Coach Stallings will discuss “Leading with Character” at 7:30 p.m. in the Gaylord University Center. The symposium highlights OC’s annual Ethics Week, which includes daily addresses at the university's Chapel/Convocation services.
Gene Stallings is a former football player and national champion head coach. He played college football at Texas A&M University and later served as the head coach at his alma mater. Stallings was also the head coach of the NFL’s St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals and at the University of Alabama. Stallings’ 1992 Alabama team went 13–0 and won the national championship.
Stallings is a member of the Texas A&M Board of Regents and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2010. In 2000, Stallings was named a Distinguished Alumnus at Texas A&M.
He also has received many humanitarian awards, including the Arthritis Humanitarian Award of Alabama, National Boys Club Alumni of the Year, Dallas Father of the Year, Humanitarian Award of the Lion’s Club of Alabama, and Paris Boys Club Wall of Honor. He also received an honorary doctoral degree from Harding University.
Mr. Stallings is the author of “Another Season - A Coach’s Story of Raising an Exceptional Son,” which chronicles the joys and heartbreaks he and his family faced in raising their son, John Mark, who had Down Syndrome. That event helped shape Coach Stallings into the leader he became by demonstrating and sharing a father’s love for his son.
Mr. Stallings and his wife, Ruth Ann, have three grown daughters along with their late son, John Mark. They live in Paris, Texas, on a large ranch and attend Lamar Avenue Church of Christ.
This free event is sponsored by the J.J. Millican Endowment, which was created by Don and Donna Millican to honor Don’s father. The J.J. Millican Endowment provides academic opportunities to OC students, faculty and the university community through scholarships, programs, OSCPA student memberships and other activities related to the field of accounting and ethics in OC's School of Business Administration.