Ron Burton of Norman, left, names USAO President John Feaver to the title of Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International. Burton visited Chickasha on Thursday to present the award to Feaver, “whose leadership has re-established USAO’s national reputation for quality, and whose volunteerism has helped Oklahoma immeasurably.”

For Vounteer Work, Feaver Earns Rotary Award

Thursday, January 15, 2009


For all of his volunteer work to better Oklahoma, John Feaver of Chickasha has earned the Rotary title of Paul Harris Fellow, bestowed on individuals who exemplify the global organization’s motto, “Service Above Self.”
John Feaver is better known as president of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, but his avocation is serving the local and state organizations that seek to improve education or living conditions for Oklahomans or historic preservation of historic sites in Oklahoma.
“I have Oklahoma blood in my veins,” said Feaver, who was born in Berea, Ky., but raised in Norman, Okla. His father was the late philosopher and University of Oklahoma educator J. Clayton Feaver (1911-1995).
“The Rotary ideal of service is a core value to the finest institutions, as it is to USAO,” Feaver said. “What you do for others is the only legacy you leave, or the only one that matters. I have the great privilege of working with fine people to move a worthy institution forward, but I supremely enjoy my other work too – for Oklahoma’s best causes and worthwhile organizations.”
Foremost an educator and historian, Feaver has devoted his first eight years as president of USAO to reviving the college’s national reputation for the quality of its academic programs and learning environment by resurrecting its glorious past. His leadership team has created the Mission Enhancement Plan that guides all decision-making, strategic planning, fund raising and marketing.
“Besides the work in his profession, many people don’t know John Feaver’s interests in other areas,” said Rotary President John Herndon of Chickasha. “John’s other commitments and achievements qualify him to be named among the distinguished Paul Harris Fellows of the world.”
For Thursday’s ceremony, international Rotary leader Ron Burton of Norman was in Chickasha to present the award.
Besides his work in education, and his military service, Feaver has served on numerous local boards, including Chickasha Historic Preservation Commission, Grady County Economic Development Council, and the Jane Brooks School for the Deaf Board.
To understand and improve statewide issues, Feaver has served the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals, a citizen-based, statewide, nonpartisan policy organization. In his five years on the board, Feaver has helped the group to study several of Oklahoma’s most critical issues: water and transportation, health and corrections.
Feaver also serves on the Oklahoma Heritage Association, A+ Schools, the Oklahoma Community Institute, Preservation Oklahoma, and the Southwest Oklahoma Impact Coalition.