Austin College names new president

Stephen P. O'Day
Stephen P. O'Day(KXII)
Published: Aug. 17, 2017 at 3:49 PM CDT
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SHERMAN, Texas (KXII) -- Steven P. O’Day was named the 16th president of Austin College on Thursday.

O'Day comes to Austin College from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pa., where he most recently served as vice president of strategic initiatives and secretary of the college.

“As my wife, Cece, and I have gotten to know the Austin College community, we have met people who are truly committed to preparing students for rewarding careers and for full, engaged, and meaningful lives,” O’Day said. “We share this commitment and look forward to our work together to ensure Austin College’s place among the nation’s treasured liberal arts institutions for generations to come. “

Prior to his work at LVC, O’Day spent 15 years at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., in a number of senior leadership roles.

He began his career in higher education as the head coach of women’s soccer from 1997.

O’Day describes his career in higher education as being driven by a deeply held belief that we are called upon to personally educate and support the whole student -- mind, body, and spirit -- in the classroom and lab, on the athletic field, on the stage, in the studio, in the workplace, in the residence hall, throughout the global community, and in every facet of the student experience.

O’Day received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Millersville (Pa.) University, and a juris doctor degree from Temple University School of Law in Philadelphia.

He also completed the Management Development Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Prior to beginning his career in higher education, O’Day was a practicing attorney in Lancaster and Philadelphia.

“His diversified skill set and demonstrated success at small, private liberal arts schools make him uniquely qualified for our campus leadership,” said Michelle Filander, women’s basketball coach and staff representative to the selection committee. “We are confident and enthusiastic about his ability to lead Austin College as we face challenges both specific to our institution and those facing higher education at large.”