St. Gregory's University promotes the education of the whole person in the context of a Christian community in which students are encouraged to develop a love of learning and to live lives of balance, generosity and integrity.
St. Gregory’s University announced in May 2016 the appointment of Dr. Michael A. Scaperlanda as the University’s 16th president. Scaperlanda has served the University of Oklahoma in various academic and administrative capacities since leaving the practice of law in 1989. He also has worked closely with St. Gregory’s over the last seven years as a member of the Board of Directors, Vice Chair of the Board and most recently assisting President Emeritus D. Gregory Main in creating St. Gregory’s bold strategic plan – Vision For Our Next Century.
St. Gregory's will continue to grow strategically as prospective students become aware of the benefits of a St. Gregory's education - employability upon graduation; transferable skills providing vertical and horizontal job mobility; and a framework for leading a joy-filled life in service to others.
Scaperlanda has served the University of Oklahoma (OU) in various academic and administrative capacities since leaving the practice of law in 1989. He holds the Gene and Elaine Edwards Family Chair in Law and is a Professor of Law at the OU College of Law. He brings a breadth and depth of knowledge and experience in higher education, having undertaken numerous leadership roles at the OU’s College of Law.
A nationally known scholar in Immigration Law and in Catholic Legal Theory, Scaperlanda’s books include Immigration Law: A Primerand Recovering Self-Evident Truths: Catholic Perspectives on American Law. He co-authored The Journey: A Guide for the Modern Pilgrim with his wife, the award winning author, María Ruiz Scaperlanda.
In addition to his service on St. Gregory’s Board, Scaperlanda serves as a Scholar Participant in the Fr. Stanley Rother Hispanic Cultural Institute of Oklahoma City and Norman, and teaches in OU’s Visions of America Summer Institute for high school teachers and OU’s Warrior-Scholar Project for veterans enrolling in college. He is a past member of the Oklahoma Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights and the Oklahoma Bar Association's Legal Ethics Committee.
A graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, Scaperlanda clerked for the Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court and practiced law for four years in Washington, D.C. and Austin, Texas prior to joining the faculty at the OU College of Law.
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