Vanessa McNabb is the Administrative Assistant in the office of Academic Affairs. She joined the USAO staff in January 2009.
She earned her Associate of Applied Science degree in Business- Administrative Office Technology at Oklahoma City Community College, fall 2008. Additionally, Vanessa was the recipient of the President's Award for Excellence and was named on the President's Honor Roll six semesters at OCCC.
In 2011, she received the USAO Regents Staff Achievement Award for the 1st quarter.
Vanessa is an active member of the USAO Staff Association and is currently serving on two University committees.
She also is an active volunteer, helping out with Drover Difference Day, Read Across America, and Chickasha's very own, Festival of Light.
Dexter Marble came out of retirement in 2010 to join the USAO staff and become the Special Assistant to the President before assuming the role of Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Dr. Marble's experience with USAO dates back to 1972 when he joined the faculty in the department of history. He taught at the university for 25 years, serving as a Professor of History, Assistant Basketball Coach, Chairman of the Department of Social Science, Faculty Coordinator of Scholar-Leadership Enrichment Program, Chairman of the Core Education Revision Committee and the Chairman of the USAO Self-Study Steering Committee. He originated the USAO Europe Tour, served as a commencement speaker, sponsored the USAO Model United Nations and earned the USAO Superior Teaching Award twice. Throughout his teaching tenure at USAO, Dr. Marble taught in the interdisciplinary liberal arts core program required of all students.
He was a board member of the USAO Foundation from 1997 through 2004 and served as Chairman of the Foundation in 2002-2003.
After he left USAO in 1997, Dr. Marble spent a decade as an attorney. His practice concentrated on insurance defense and litigation. He also represented death row inmates in Federal habeas corpus proceedings. He retired from the practice of law in 2007.
He was a member of the American Bar Association and the Oklahoma Bar Association from 1988-2008. He is currently a board member of Chamber Music of Oklahoma.
He and his wife, Sarah, have two children. His outside interests include golf and the piano.
“Core texts and core ideas inform our humanity. What does it mean to be human? It is a never-ending quest that threatens to vanish in the present climate of sound bites and slogans that produce only the shallowest of perspectives. We have a mission to transmit the best that has been wondered, and to elicit serious and thoughtful responses from our students. Let us proceed with passion.”
-John Dexter Marble
"Knowledge is in facts; wisdom is in metaphor. The best of education encourages abstractions from facts to create new insights and understandings. This is the essence of the creative process and the foundation of wisdom."
-John Dexter Marble