Where were you born? Where did you grow up?

I was born and grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, with a two-year move to Dallas, Texas, when Dad changed jobs. Of course in Texas you play football, so in 7th grade I tried football for the first (and last) time. I am not a football player. We then moved back to St. Louis where I graduated from high school.

What brought you to this area? What is your occupation?

We moved here in 1989 when I took a position as an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at ONU. At the time I was at New Mexico State University with my first ever University faculty position. But I wanted to teach more and do less research and ONU provided the perfect opportunity. Karen and I had lived in five different states since we married (Ohio being our 6th) but ONU and Ada were a great match for us. I retired in January, 2015, but continue to live in Ada.

Why do you love what you do?

Like I said, my position at ONU was the perfect match. I had worked in industry as a Civil Engineer for 10 years, but discovered that my love is in teaching. I was able to be in the classroom face-to-face with these great young people who come to ONU for an excellent education. They were challenging, exhausting, and a blessing to my life. These students energized me very day. Retirement has been quite a change for me (and Karen, my wife). It has taken us a while to make the transition, but every day we are improving and have found it gives us time to take part in other activities.

What is your favorite thing about this community?

Boy, let me count the ways! Karen grew up in a small town (not as small as Ada) so she fit in very well staying active in the school, church, community, and actually worked for the Ada Herald and ONU for a while. I just love the smallness (no traffic jams), the friendliness, and the opportunities to be a part of the community. Our 4 children all graduated from Ada HS and have gone on to get college degrees, and are living wonderful adult lives now. They all were very active in the school and probably would not have had as many opportunities at a larger school. Anyone that says there is nothing to do in Ada is way off base. This is a very busy community both during the school year and during the summer.

What are you involved in within the community?

Even though I am retired I still stay active at ONU. I help with meeting prospective students and their families, help with student organizations as an advisor, and help with our STEM girl’s summer camp (GEMS camp). I have joined the Ada Rotary Club since my retirement. It is a very active organization in the community and I think of the other members as a family. The Restore Community Center is something Karen and I feel is a very important part of this community.

What are some of your hobbies?

I don’t know if you call it a hobby, but sports have always been a big part of my life. From playing basketball and softball in my younger days here to being involved in other ways with ONU athletics today. I became involved immediately when I started at ONU and was asked to run the game clock at the women’s basketball games. That expanded to men’s basketball, football, and track meets. I still continue to be involved running the play clock at the ONU football games and am the academic advisor for the men’s basketball team.