Hall of Fame Member Biographies

Garland A. Godfrey

Garland A. Godfrey, the sixteenth president of Central State College—now University of Central Oklahoma—came to the Edmond school in the fall of 1960, following successful stints as superintendent of schools at Pryor and Durant. As president of UCO, Godfrey led in transformation of a small, day-only teacher’s college into a large, 24-hour a day commuter university. He directed expansions in academic programming and physical facilities as the student population grew from 4,000 to more than 12,000. Dozens of new structures, additions, renovations, programs, and degrees sprouted during his dynamic tenure. Godfrey retired in 1975, and was inducted into the second class of the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame in 1995.