Snow to speak in November
Friday, September 21, 2007
By Alison Roberts
Christian University administrators announced former White House Press
Secretary, Tony Snow, will address students, faculty and friends of the
university at a special event on Nov. 29.
Snow ended his tenure at the White House on Sept. 14 after serving
as press secretary since May 8, 2006. Before stepping onto Capitol
Hill, Snow worked as a journalist in both print and broadcast media in
outlets such as USA Today, Washington Times and FOX News Radio and FOX
News Channel. He also served as a speech writer for President George
H.W. Bush in 1991.
“He will bring an unusual insight into politics in Washington,”
Nathan Mellor, the executive director of the academy of leadership and
liberty said. “He has been on both sides of the struggle between
politics and journalism.”
Administrators also feel Snow will provide students a unique
perspective on dealing with difficulties in life. Snow, who was first
diagnosed with colon cancer in 2005, has recently discovered that the
cancer spread to his liver.
“I saw him recently on FOX News talking about his battles with cancer,”
Vice President for Advancement John deSteiguer said. “He talks very
plainly about what he is going through and brings a lot of lessons to
In what Mellor calls “an Oklahoma Christian tradition,” Snow comes
to the university through a grant provided by the Hatton Sumners
The Hatton Sumners Foundation honors the memory of the former Texan
congressman of the same name. Sumners spent much of his career fighting
to preserve the checks and balances of the U.S. government. The
foundation designates grants for the purpose of ensuring that future
Americans understand democracy and share the same mind-set as Sumners
himself, according to the foundation.
“This event is part of the Hatton Sumners Speaker Series,” Mellor said.
“Tony Snow is only one of many distinguished individuals that have come
to speak at Oklahoma Christian.”
“For decades, OC has had speakers who have really had a great impact
out in the world come to campus and speak to the student body and our
off campus constituency,” de Steiguer said.
Some of the previous guests on the university’s campus have included
Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, Sam Walton, the founder
of Wal-Mart, General Tommy Franks, Dinesh D’Souza, Kenneth Starr and
“This is an important part of the educational process,” Oklahoma
Christian President Mike O’Neal said. “The Sumners Foundation has done
us a great favor by funding these programs. We get people of
significance, people that are good role models and people that have a
good message and expose them to our students so that they have an
opportunity to hear and see these people.”
The speaker series are designed by university officials to provide
students with access to individuals that have made a significant impact
on their field regardless of their views.
“Students will gain a broader view of complex issues,” Mellor said. “This will prepare them to be more well-rounded citizens.”
Administrators encourage student participation in the main event.
Tickets will be made available free of charge for students with an ID
card before being issued to a public audience. While at Oklahoma
Christian, Snow will also attend a dinner on campus and reception at
the home of President O’Neal.