Ford Speaks at OBU’s Minter Lecture

Shawnee native and local business and civic leader Bill Ford will discuss keys to long-term business success during Oklahoma Baptist University’s Minter Lecture on Monday, Feb. 27.

Ford, president of Shawnee Milling Company, will present the 15th annual Minter Lecture at 10 a.m. in the upper level of OBU’s Geiger Center.

The Minter Lectureship, underwritten by 1940 OBU graduate Lloyd G. Minter of Bartlesville, is designed to provide orientation and training for students in the history and nature of the American economic system and to help students understand and appreciate the professional community. It also promotes proper management of personal finances.

Ford oversees the company his late grandfather, J. Lloyd Ford, established in 1906. Shawnee Milling Co., located on the south side of the city, is celebrating its centennial this year.

Ford serves on the boards of directors of Miller’s National Federation, American Corn Millers Federation and Oklahoma Natural Gas. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from the University of Oklahoma.

Ford is the past president of Oklahoma Feed Manufacturer’s Association, Shawnee Chamber of Commerce, Shawee Rotary Club and the Young Men’s Christian Association. He is the past district chairman of the Boy Scouts of America and a past chairman of OBU’s board of trustees.

As an officer in the field artillery corps of the United States Army, Ford served his country in Korea in 1965, and in 1966, he was an instructor at the Artillery Officers Candidate School at Fort Sill.

He currently serves as vice president of the Officer Candidate School Alumni Association at Fort Sill and was recently appointed to the executive council of the U.S. Field Artillery Association.

Ford is a member of the Rotary Club in Shawnee and a past scoutmaster of Troup 444 of the Boy Scouts of America. He also serves as a deacon of First Baptist Church, Shawnee.

He is married to Nancy Jayne Ford, and they have three grown children, Jayne, Anne and Joe, and two grandchildren.