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Dr. Steadman Upham
  Dr. Steadman Upham

President, The University of Tulsa


Quotes From TU Coaches, President Upham On Ross Parmley

Parmley was announced as TU's new director of athletics at a press conference this morning

Dr. Steadman & Peggy Upham
Dr. Steadman Upham became the seventeenth president of The University of Tulsa on June 8, 2004. He comes to TU from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California where he served as president since 1998.

Prior to his presidency at Claremont, Upham served as vice provost for research and dean of the Graduate School at the University of Oregon from 1990 to 1998. There his responsibilities included the academic and administrative functions for the university's 21 research centers and institutes. He also was a professor in the anthropology department.

Upham, 55, earned a Ph.D. in anthropology from Arizona State University in 1980, where he also earned a M.A. in the same field. He has a B.A. from the University of Redlands, Redlands, California where his major areas of study were English Literature and Spanish.

Before his presidency at Claremont and his positions at the University of Oregon he held numerous positions at New Mexico State University, including associate dean of the Graduate School, professor of archaeology, assistant professor of archaeology and chief archaeologist of the Cultural Resources Management Division.

His professional service and accomplishments are extensive and include commissioner of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges; chairman of the Board of Directors of the Council of Graduate Schools; president, National Physical Science Consortium; director of The American Mutual Funds, The Capital Group Companies; Trustee for the Educational Foundation for African Americans and trustee for the University of Redlands, Claremont Graduate University and the Thomas Rivera Policy Institute.

Upham has received many awards including the Alumni Career Achievement Award from the University of Redlands, The Academy Gold Medal of Honor from the Academy of Transdisciplinary Learning and Advanced Studies, Distinguished Alumni Award and Graduate College Hall of Fame from Arizona State University, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award from the University of Oregon in addition to numerous awards recognizing excellence in teaching.

He has published extensively in his academic field including books and edited volumes, articles in journals, and chapters in collections, and monographs. He has been invited to lecture and speak at more than 60 professional meetings and conferences throughout the United States and Canada.

Upham unwinds in his art studio where he paints contemporary paintings. His wife, Peggy, is an accomplished silversmith and designs jewelry. Both enjoy walking. The Uphams have two children. Erin is a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon in Pittsburg and is working in Pennsylvania now. Nathan is a junior at Occidental College in California, majoring in biology.