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Portrait of George Nigh

George Nigh

President of University of Central Oklahoma


Biographical Information
  1927  Born June 9, in McAlester Oklahoma 
  1963  October 19, married Donna Skinner
They have 2 married children and 5 grandchildren 

  1945  Graduated from McAlester High School. 
  1948  A.A. Liberal Arts, Eastern Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College, Wilburton, OK.  
  1950  B.A. East Central State College in Ada, OK.  

  1945 - 1946  Served in the U.S. Navy 
  1950 - 1958  Youngest member ever elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives. He would serve four consecutive terms representing Pittsburgh County. 
  1951 - 1962  Owner of grocery store in McAlester, Ok. 
  1951 - 1958  Taught Social Sciences at McAlester High School. 
  1958 - 1962  Elected Oklahoma Lt. Governor at age 31, the youngest in the states history and in the nations history. 
  1963  Became the 17th Governor of Oklahoma filling an unexpired 9 day term following the resignation of Gov. J. Howard Edmondson. 
  1966 - 1978  Served as Lt. Governor of Oklahoma 
  1978  Elected 22nd Governor of Oklahoma 
  1979  Sworn in as 22nd Governor of Oklahoma serving five days to fill an unexpired term following the resignation of Governor David Boren. He began his regular term on January 8, 1979 being the first person to serve three times as Governor. 
  1982  Re-elected as Governor of Oklahoma. The first Oklahoma Governor to be re-elected and the first individual ever to serve as Governor of the state 4 times.  
  1987  Began serving as Distinguished Statesman-in-Resident at then Central State University. 
  1992 - 1997-2011  President of the University of Central Oklahoma.  

Awards and Affiliations
    Chaired the National Conference of Lt. Governors. 
    Chaired the Interstate Oil Compact Commission. 
    Served on the Executive Committee of the Southern States Energy Board. 
    Chaired the Southern Growth Policy Board 
    Served as President of the Council of State Government. 
  1992   Awarded the Jim Thorpe Lifetime Achievement Award 
  1989   Inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame 
  1999   Establishment of the George and Donna Nigh Public Service Scholarship which provides funding for scholarships to a student at every institution of higher education in Oklahoma.  
    Chaired the Oklahoma Industrial Development Commission. 
    Chaired the Oklahoma Tourism Commission. 
    Chaired the Southern Regional Education Board 
    Inducted Oklahoma Vo Tech Hall of Fame 
    Inducted Eastern Oklahoma College Hall of Fame 
    Inducted McAlester High School Hall of Fame 
    East Central UniversityTeacher of the Year 
    East Central University Distinguished Alumn 
    Executive Director, World Congress, Junior Chamber International 
    Host of Educational Television Oklahoma History Show 
    Board of Directors, J.C. Penny Company 
    Board of Directors, Boatman's First National Bank of Oklahoma 
    Partner, Journey House Travel, Oklahoma City 

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