- Ada, Oklahoma

Local News

August 21, 2013

Stonecipher reflects on life, success as ECU prepares grand opening of new business center


Ada —

“That’s the driving theme behind it,” he said. “The Chickasaws wanted to promote that idea and bring more business students to Ada and ECU. That was my interest, too. Today, the only thing that will save this great country is to have more entrepreneurs out there developing new businesses.”
He said the new school is “state of the art” and will make ECU more attractive to students.
“They’d been working on it quite a while,” Stonecipher said of the concept behind the center. “When they contacted me, I did not have the funds available to make a contribution. I told them it would be a year or so before I was able to do that, but once they started, I am amazed at how quickly the building went up. It’s ready to go.”
Stonecipher emphasized the importance of schools like ECU. 
“I think we need smaller schools. I don’t think everyone is suited for OU or OSU or Harvard. Had I not had ECU available — and I lived just down the road from Ada — chances are I would not have gone to college.”
He said making the move from tiny Tupelo High School to ECU was a big step for him. 
“ECU was a big school compared to Tupelo.”
‘I wanted to make things happen’
Stonecipher and his family lived a rural life in Tupelo. 
“We lived out in the country, and I tell people that the only running water we had was me running to get it,” he said. “It was pretty tough making a living and growing up that way.”
Graduating from ECU in 1960 with a major in education and a minor in English, Stonecipher decided to pursue a teaching career. 
“It was all I ever knew or dreamed about. Then I realized there were other things I could do and wanted to do.” 

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
AP Video
Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Obama Voices Concern About Casualties in Mideast Diplomacy Intensifies Amid Mounting Gaza Toll AP Exclusive: American Beaten in Israel Speaks Obama Protects Gay, Transgender Workers Raw: Gaza Rescuers Search Rubble for Survivors Raw: International Team Inspects MH17 Bodies Raw: 25 Family Members Killed in Gaza Airstrike US Teen Beaten in Mideast Talks About Ordeal 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success

Who do you blame more for the trouble in Gaza?

The Israelis
     View Results