$1 Million gift Funds Athletic Endowment
The grandparents of OC basketball player Andee Wayne gave $1 million to the university to fund an endowment for an academic program that will assist OC student-athletes. Mo and Richard Anderson of Austin, Texas, presented the gift to fund what will be known as the Anderson Endowment for Academic Excellence in Athletics. Mo Anderson is the vice chairman of the board for Keller Williams Realty, Inc. “Andee is loving her experience at OC and receiving a great education as a pre-med major,” Richard Anderson said. “We have enjoyed our interaction with the school and faculty. It has been such a positive experience for our entire family that we wanted to show our appreciation and to add value to the students’ education.”
The new endowment will provide OC student-athletes with an athletic academic advisor who will monitor in-class grades and arrange for tutoring if necessary.
It also will enable the podcasting of classes for all excused absences for athletic-related travel, which will increase as OC joins the Heartland Conference and pursues NCAA Division II membership.
As the program develops in the coming years, life-skills training and leadership components will be added, Athletic Director Curtis Janz (86) said.
The program will be led by new Director of Academic Excellence in Athletics Dean Findley. Findley played basketball at Oklahoma Christian in 1980-81 and graduated in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in math and computer science.
Findley earned his master’s degree in fire and emergency management administration in 2008 from Oklahoma State University and has taught classes for the University of Central Oklahoma and Bowling Green State University.
He is married to longtime OC women’s basketball coach Stephanie (Stark 82) Findley. Their two daughters, Jordan Sanchez (09) and Jessica, both played basketball at OC.
View more stories from the Fall 2012 issue of Vision magazine.