Former governor, OC alum keynote commencement

George Nigh (left) and Mike Bosley with his children (right)
George Nigh (left) and Mike Bosley with his children (right)

Former Oklahoma governor George Nigh and Beam’s Industries president Mike Bosley will address graduates at Oklahoma Christian University’s winter commencement ceremonies on Dec. 14-15.

Nigh will speak at the undergraduate ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday. Bosley, who owns bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Oklahoma Christian, will speak at the graduate ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

“We are honored to have these two distinguished leaders share their knowledge and experiences with our graduates,” OC president John deSteiguer said. “They are great examples of the impact you can make when you’re dedicated to serving others, no matter what career path you choose.”

Oklahoma Christian will present degrees to 90 undergraduate candidates from 35 majors and to 76 master’s degree candidates from 14 areas of study.

Nigh’s political career began at age 23 when he was elected to the House of Representatives as its youngest member in 1950. At age 31, he became the youngest lieutenant governor in Oklahoma history. He served in that role from 1959 to 1963 and from 1967 to 1979.

Nigh served two full terms as Oklahoma’s governor from 1979 to 1987. He also completed two brief unexpired terms when governors James Edmondson and David Boren resigned early to go to the U.S. Senate.

In 1997, President Clinton appointed Nigh as national chairman of the President’s Committee to raise funds for scholarships for all surviving children of those killed in the Oklahoma City bombing. Nigh also is lifetime president of the Donna Nigh Foundation, which benefits Oklahomans with developmental disabilities.

Nigh taught at McAlester High School while he served in the legislature, and returned to education as president of the University of Central Oklahoma from 1992 to 1997. At the Oklahoma Christian Associates Dinner in April, the university honored Nigh and his wife Donna with the Lee Allan Smith Spirit of Oklahoma Award.

Bosley is co-owner and vice president of Ark Group Holdings in addition to his role as Beam’s president. Beam’s, an Oklahoma-based company, makes about 850,000 seat belts a year for amusement park rides, construction and agricultural equipment, fire trucks, ambulances and car restoration. Beam’s also refurbishes damaged car seat belts.

Bosley joined Beam’s in 1995 as a staff engineer, became a senior engineer and plant manager in 1998, then became director of operations in 2002. Under his leadership, Beam’s has twice been named one of the “Best Places to Work in Oklahoma.”

Bosley serves as president of the board for Safe Kids Oklahoma. His commitment to community service includes a program that loans two Beam’s employees to Infant Crisis Services one day per week.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Oklahoma Christian in 1995 and his MBA in leadership and organizational development from OC in 2002, He also served with the Oklahoma Army National Guard for six years.