Letter from Dr. Feaver
How do we ensure that Oklahoma’s best and brightest students have access to its most rigorous and innovative college?
Throughout my tenure, I have asked and have heard this question echoed regularly by members of our faculty, our executive council, staff, alumni and even students. It is a question none of us can afford to take lightly as the answer is the key to USAO’s continued existence.
We do know it takes more than a textbook. More than a classroom. More than a body of like-minded students, all striving to realize their aspirations and ambitions. It takes more than a professor, however willing to sacrifice time and care to give those students the resources they need to excel.
It takes more than a department and more than any number of dedicated staff and administration officials, all pulling toward the best educational outcomes for the student body. It takes more than a dedicated Board of Regents and an engaged community of alumni.
And, as I am reminded again and again, it takes more than a president.
It actually takes an entire college community to build the foundation from which we can attract the caliber of students that USAO’s mission and vision demand. We are proud to be the only public liberal arts college in Oklahoma, but the time has come for a paradigm shift in the way we seek out those hard-working students who will be unafraid to ask questions, consider answers, yearn to make a difference, discover, inspire, succeed and most of all embrace opportunity for upward mobility.
In other words, students who are curious about the world. Because you know as well as I know that USAO IS a College for the Curious Mind.
About the President and First Lady
John H. Feaver became the 12th president of USAO on July 1, 2000. Born on March 5, 1943, to Dr. J. Clayton and Margaret Feaver in Berea, Kentucky, John H. Feaver grew up in Norman, Oklahoma, where his father was a philosophy professor. He attended the Norman public schools and enrolled at the University of Oklahoma, where he majored in history and subsequently earned three degrees. His Bachelor of Arts was earned in 1965 and the Master of Arts in European history was awarded in 1968. He then entered military service and served in Vietnam, where he earned the Bronze Star for valor as a member of the U. S. Army Aviation Service. In 1974 he joined the OU faculty and taught United States and Asian histories. He earned a Ph. D. in history in 1980, and was appointed to the faculty at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. He was a mainstay in the Interdisciplinary Studies Program for a number of years, and served as departmental and divisional chair in the social sciences. He was named Vice President for Academic Affairs in 1988 by the USAO Regents.
First Lady Marilyn Feaver has served many years in chamber leadership and community advocacy. She was named the Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce “Executive of the Year” in 2000, and as one of “50 Women Making a Difference” in Oklahoma by the Journal Record in 2002. In that same year she was a participant in the National Women’s Leadership Summit in Washington, D. C. In 2004, Marilyn Feaver was a candidate for the District No. 23 post in the Oklahoma State Senate.