Harland Stonecipher hopes new business building will inspire more entrepreneurs


ADA, OK -- Harland Stonecipher says he's excited for students and those in the community to come enjoy a one-of-a-kind building.

Stonecipher, the business school's namesake, and his wife, Shirley, donated $2 million to the construction of the new school, and they say there was no better way to give back to the community.

"What we need to have is a lot more new businesses out there, and in order for that to happen we need a lot more entrepreneurs out there," said Stonecipher. "I believe the business school can cause that to happen, and in particular this school right here."

As the founder of LegalShield, formerly known as Pre-Paid Legal Services, the ECU alum says starting your own business can be hard, but if you have the determination, you can succeed.

He believes this mindset can also be applied when pursuing an education.

"There's always going to be obstacles out there, but theres always a way to get around the obstacle, go under the obstacle, go around the obstacle, but there is a way to do it," said Stonecipher.

The college is located inside the new Chickasaw Business and Conference Center, and Stonecipher hopes it will inspire more potential entrepreneurs.

"Once they see that building, you're going get more people interested in going to college, but you're gonna get more people also interested in a field of business, just because of that building," Stonecipher said.

He says the August 22nd grand opening will not only be a special day for ECU, but also for him and his wife as they celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary.

"When you start having 50th anniversaries you're glad to celebrate every one of those you can, and so when you have a 55th it's certainly a big deal," said Stonecipher. "But to be able to do it and celebrate it along with this just makes it more special."

ECU will be holding tours of the new building on the 22nd, from 1 P.M. to 5 P.M., with a reception and ribbon cutting ceremony afterwards.

Oklahoma Governor Fallin, Chickasaw Nation Governor Anoatubby, and Harland Stonecipher, are all expected to attend.


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