Oklahoma Christian commencement features Chickasaw Nation governor

Gov. Bill Anoatubby
Gov. Bill Anoatubby

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Chickasaw Nation governor Bill Anoatubby will be the keynote speaker for Oklahoma Christian University’s summer commencement ceremony on Aug. 18.

Eighty-three students will receive their graduate degrees in the ceremony, to be held in OC’s Hardeman Auditorium at 10:30 a.m.

Originally from Tishomingo, Okla., Gov. Anoatubby began work for the Chickasaw Nation in 1975. Prior to his 1987 election as governor, he directed the tribe’s health services department and finance department, served as special assistant to the governor and controller, and was elected the tribe’s first lieutenant governor.

When he became governor, the Chickasaw Nation had about 250 employees. Today, the tribe employs more than 12,500 people, and its assets have grown twentyfold.

Gov. Anoatubby has held many board positions, including his role as vice chairman for the Oklahoma Heritage Association Board of Directors. He also has served with the Arkansas Riverbed Authority, the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center Board of Advisors, Integris Health, Inc., the Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes, Leadership Oklahoma, the Native American Cultural and Educational Authority, the Oklahoma Business Roundtable Board of Directors, the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation, the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, and the Oklahoma State Fair, Inc., Board of Directors.

This will be OC’s first graduating class under new president John deSteiguer and interim vice president for academic affairs Dr. Larry Jurney.

The 73 graduates from OC’s Master of Business Administration program will receive degrees in 10 different disciplines: accounting, e-commerce, finance, general business, health services management, human resource management, international business, leadership and organizational development, marketing, and project management.

The nine graduates from OC’s Master of Science in Engineering program will receive degrees in electrical engineering/computers and mechanical engineering.

One master of divinity recipient from OC’s Graduate School of Theology will round out the summer class.

Both U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review annually recognize Oklahoma Christian as one of the best universities in the western region of the United States.

OC’s 200-acre campus is located in northeast Oklahoma City, and borders the city of Edmond. The comprehensive Christian university offers graduate degrees in business administration, engineering, ministry and divinity, plus 60 majors and 30 additional areas of study in its undergraduate program.