Dr. Michael A. Scaperlanda
Sixteenth President of St. Gregory’s University
Dr. Michael A. Scaperlanda was named President of St. Gregory’s University on May 16, 2016. He has worked closely with St. Gregory’s since 2009 as a member of the Board of Directors, serving as Vice Chair of the Board from 2012 to 2015. He played a key role in creating St. Gregory’s strategic plan – Vision For Our Next Century.
Scaperlanda has served the University of Oklahoma (OU) in various academic and administrative capacities since leaving the practice of law in 1989. He holds the Gene and Elaine Edwards Family Chair in Law and is a Professor of Law at the OU College of Law. He brings a breadth and depth of knowledge and experience in higher education, having undertaken numerous leadership roles at the OU’s College of Law.
A nationally known scholar in Immigration Law and in Catholic Legal Theory, Scaperlanda’s books include Immigration Law: A Primer and Recovering Self-Evident Truths: Catholic Perspectives on American Law. He co-authored The Journey: A Guide for the Modern Pilgrim with his wife, the award winning author, María Ruiz Scaperlanda.
In addition to his service on St. Gregory’s Board, Scaperlanda serves as a Scholar Participant in the Fr. Stanley Rother Hispanic Cultural Institute of Oklahoma City and Norman, and teaches in OU’s Visions of America Summer Institute for high school teachers and OU’s Warrior-Scholar Project for veterans enrolling in college. He is a past member of the Oklahoma Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights and the Oklahoma Bar Association's Legal Ethics Committee.
A graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, Scaperlanda clerked for the Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court and practiced law for four years in Washington, D.C. and Austin, Texas prior to joining the faculty at the OU College of Law.
Scaperlanda and his wife, María, are members of St. Mark the Evangelist Parish in Norman. They have four children and six grandchildren.