Ralph DeBoard, M.S.
Associate Professor of Computer Science
B.A., Oklahoma Christian University
M.S., Wright State University
Ralph DeBoard learned to love OC as a student when he served as president of the Student Government Association and was selected to be Mr. Aerie in 1968. He now teaches here for three reasons: "the opportunity to integrate faith and learning, the desire to help OC build an excellent computer science program, and the opportunity to pass on the greatness of our school to a new generation of students." DeBoard is interested in algorithm analysis, computer simulation, and processor scheduling algorithms. He is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery and sponsors BIT and the CS programming teams. His favorite memory as a student at OC was the excitement all over campus when the basketball team won their first national tournament basketball game in 1968. DeBoard's favorite memory as a faculty member is "having the opportunity to be a part of the graduation ceremonies when each of my children walked across the stage" and "the amazing success of OC's programming teams on their trips to Louisiana State University." He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1968-1972 as a scientist in the Foreign Technology Division. He is also a member of the American Cichlid Association, serving on the Board of Directors of the Texas Aquarium Societies. DeBoard has 64 aquariums where he breeds rare tropical fish. He enjoys singing and photography. He and his wife Brenda (who graduated from OC in 1969) have three children, Scott, Greg, and Holly (all graduates of OC!). He is a deacon at Memorial Road Church of Christ and is involved in the Capital Hill Lighthouse Ministries, Inner City Ministry, and is a Bible class teacher.