Oklahoma Wesleyan University Announces Plans for Construction of the Keating Institute

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Oklahoma Wesleyan University today announced a $2 million commitment from Chesapeake Energy Corporation to construct The Keating Institute.

This gift will not only be of obvious benefit to Oklahoma Wesleyan University but to our entire community and all of Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OKWU) today announced a $2 million commitment from Chesapeake Energy Corporation to construct The Keating Institute. The institute will honor the former Governor and his wife for their exemplary service to the state of Oklahoma and will be devoted to the study of free enterprise, constitutional liberty, the rule of law, federalism and Judeo-Christian values. The Keating Institute will house the Oklahoma Wesleyan School of Business, which will be renamed The Chesapeake Energy School of Business. The new institute, which will be moving forward on construction immediately, will also include a “scholars in residence” program and an annual colloquia series.

“Chesapeake is honored to support such a noble cause and is particularly proud to recognize Frank and Cathy Keating for their leadership and commitment to our state and country,” commented Aubrey K. McClendon, Chesapeake’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We fully embrace the creation of an institute where students will learn to better understand the Constitution, the right to a free enterprise economy, the imperatives of government transparency, the uniqueness of humanity and the importance of public service.”

The mission and goals of The Keating Institute will be to promote ethical leadership, the ideals of free market economics, the spirit of entrepreneurship, the superiority of capitalism, the priority of constitutional liberty and unconditional trust in God.

“We are truly thankful for donors like Chesapeake Energy Corporation,” said Dr. Everett Piper, OKWU President. “This gift will not only be of obvious benefit to Oklahoma Wesleyan University but to our entire community and all of Oklahoma. Clearly, our culture needs to revisit the ideas of freedom, liberty and liberation that are implicit in ‘self-evident truths’ of our Constitution now, perhaps, more than ever.”

Oklahoma Wesleyan University is a recognized educational leader in the state of Oklahoma and beyond. OKWU has received national recognition from U.S. News and World Report, Forbes.com, and CBSNews MoneyWatch both for its excellent academic reputation as well as its missional integrity. The university is a four-year, Christian university of the liberal arts and sciences that is accredited by the North Central Association. OKWU also receives professional accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and the International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). It is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and boasts national championship athletic programs in men’s and women’s basketball as well as baseball. Perhaps most important, OKWU is known for its bold and clear mission which emphasizes the Primacy of Jesus Christ, the Priority of Scripture, the Pursuit of Truth and the Practice of Wisdom.

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