Biography: Dr. William J. Teague, Chancellor

Dr. William J. "Bill" Teague, chancellor of Abilene Christian University, served as president of ACU from 1981-91. During that decade, the school's endowment increased from $18 million to more than $56 million. New facilities added during his tenure included the Mabee Business Building and the Biblical Studies Building, and the fund-raising total during the '80s was more than $78 million.

As a promoter of quality education, Teague served on the executive committee of the Southern Regional Education Board and on the board of directors for Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas. He also has been active in numerous civic organizations.

Born July 27, 1927, in Olney, Teague graduated from Nocona High School in 1944 as salutatorian. He scored the winning field goal during the final minute of his senior basketball season to help Nocona become the Class A high school basketball champion that year.

He attended the University of Texas at Austin for a year after graduation, then served in the U.S. Navy for four years. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible and speech from ACU in 1952, a Master of Arts degree in administration from Columbus University in 1959 and a Doctor of Education degree in administration and labor law from the University of California of California at Los Angeles in 1965.

While in school at ACU, he was an announcer for local radio station KWKC and became the first station manager for KACC radio on campus. He also preached two years for a Church of Christ congregation in Holliday.

He married Margaret Louise "Peggy" Newlen in San Diego, Calif., June 4, 1948. They have a son, two daughters, and two grandchildren.

Teague received three George Washington Honor medals from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, received the Industrial War College Award and was named to Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. He became executive secretary for the ACU Alumni Association in 1952.

From 1952-57, he served as executive assistant to ACU president Don H. Morris, and one of his duties was the planning of the school's 50th anniversary celebration. He became vice president for development at Harding University in Searcy, Ark., in 1957, then served as vice president at Pepperdine University in Los Angeles from 1959-70.

Teague was president of his own consulting firm, William J. Teague Associates, from 1964-70. At the Purex Corp. in Lakewood, Calif., he began as assistant to the president in 1970, became vice president for civic and governmental relations and management development in 1971 and was appointed administrative vice president in 1972. He resigned in 1978 to become administrative vice president for Kerr-McGee Corp., then was named as ACU's president in 1981.

He began serving on ACU's National Development Council in 1971, then became chairman of the NDC steering committee in 1974 and chairman of the NDC in 1976. He also served as regional vice chairman of the board of directors for the west coast division of ACU's Alumni Association. In 1974, he was given an ACU Alumni Citation Award.

While in the U.S. Navy, Teague preached for six months in Oceanside, Calif., and during his lifetime he spoke in pulpits and taught in Bible school classes throughout the world. He has served as an elder for three Church of Christ congregations and has worshipped at University Church of Christ since moving to Abilene.

He was selected as Christian Educator of the Year by the 20th Century Christian Foundation in 1985, was listed in Who's Who in America, and was honored with the first Excellence in Christian Communication Award from Sweet Publishing in 1992.

His civic and professional activities have included Abilene Chamber of Commerce, March of Dimes, United Way, Kiwanis International, National Society of Fund Raisers, American Legion, American Fund Raising Council, Boy Scouts of America, California State Chamber of Commerce, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, and American Heart Association.

Other activities have included Goodwill Industrial Inc., United Fund, Better Business Bureau board member, American College Public Relations Association, Los Angeles County Special Review Commission on Air Pollution Control, Oklahoma for Energy and Jobs Inc. board member, Texas Independent College Fund, and California Council of Product Design and Marketing.

Teague judged the 1968 Tournament of Roses Parade in California. In 1970, he ran for U.S. Congress in the 34th Congressional District in California. He was a Richard M. Nixon delegate to the Republican convention in 1972.

He has lived in Olney and Nocona, Texas; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Inglewood, Newport Beach, Westminster and Huntington Beach, Calif.; and Searcy, Ark.

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