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Snow Keynotes Enterprise Square Revitalization Effort

Wednesday, November 28, 2007  
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Tony Snow, former White House Press Secretary, will help highlight Oklahoma Christian University’s effort to renovate Enterprise Square and breathe new life into its purpose to promote liberty and free enterprise. He will appear on the OC campus Thursday afternoon and will speak to approximately 1,500 students, faculty, staff and friends of the university.  Snow is appearing as part of the Hatton W. Sumners Distinguished Speaker series.

A planned $6 million renovation will transform the former free enterprise education center into a 65,000 square foot facility that will serve as a conference center and home for the Academy of Leadership & Liberty, as well as provide much needed additional classroom and office space for the university’s burgeoning graduate and undergraduate business programs. The fundraising campaign, which includes $4 million in endowment for programs in leadership, liberty, and free enterprise, began last month and more than $1 million has been committed to date. OC president Mike O’Neal emphasized that the original purpose of the facility, to educate our citizens on the merits of free enterprise and principles of liberty, would be perpetuated.

Snow served as the White House Press Secretary for the George W. Bush Administration from May 2006 to September 2007. In 1991, he served as Director of Speechwriting and Deputy Assistant to the President for Media Affairs for President George H. W. Bush.

He has spent a quarter of a century in the news business. He’s worked in all three major media—print, radio and television. He started his career in 1979 as an editorial writer for The Greensboro Record in North Carolina and went on to write editorials for The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk. He ran the editorial pages in both The Daily Press of Newport News and The Washington Times. He’s written nationally syndicated columns for both The Detroit News and USA Today.

For seven years, he served as the host of FOX News Sunday. Most recently, he reached Americans all across our country as the host of The Tony Snow Show on FOX News Radio, and Weekend Live with Tony Snow on the FOX News Channel.

Tony Snow was born in Berea, Kentucky, on June 1, 1955. He was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, where his father taught social studies and was an assistant principal at Princeton High School. His mother was a nurse who died of colon cancer in 1973 when he was 17 years old. After graduating from Princeton High School in Sharonville, Ohio, Snow obtained his Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Davidson College in 1977. He taught physics and geography in Kenya, and was a substitute teacher in Cincinnati, teaching everything from calculus to art. He also worked as an advocate for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled in North Carolina.

In February 2005, Snow was diagnosed with colon cancer. After successful colon surgery, Snow began a course of chemotherapy treatment and returned to work at FOX News in April 2005. In March 2007, 10 months after becoming White House Press Secretary, Snow’s doctors discovered his cancer had returned. Vowing to fight the disease once again, he underwent surgery. In April 2007, Snow resumed his White House duties and began a second round of chemotherapy treatment, which he completed just prior to leaving the Bush Administration.

Snow is an avid musician. He plays the flute, saxophone and guitar, and belongs to a cover band, Beats Workin’.

He is married to Jill Ellen Walker. They have one son, two daughters, three dogs, a cat and three guinea pigs. They live in Virginia. 

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