Dr. Dave Wagie (Brigadier General USAF, retired)

Dr. Dave Wagie Dr Dave Wagie is the Director of Aerospace & Defense Economic Development for the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. In this capacity, he supports the state's aerospace & defense economic development strategy, by connecting universities, government, and industry to expand existing Oklahoma businesses, attract new businesses to the state, and support enterprise creation in aerospace & defense. In addition, he serves on Governor Fallin's Unmanned Aerial Systems Advisory Council.

Prior to assuming his current position, Dr Wagie served as the 14th President of St Gregory's University in Shawnee, OK, from 2007-2009. At the 130-year old Catholic liberal arts school, Dr Wagie oversaw 120 staff and faculty and 700 students on 3 campuses, with an annual budget of $12 million. As President, he expanded the College for Working Adults programs to Oklahoma City, reorganized the staff, prepared for a 10-year reaccreditation, and raised over $6 million for new residence halls. Under his tenure, St Gregory's was named "top 10%" of the 221 Catholic colleges & universities in the US. Preceding a stent in the United Arab Emerits, General Wagie served 32 years in the US Air Force, retiring in July 2004 as a Brigadier General. During his career, Dr Wagie served in various leadership positions, including research pilot, flight instructor, engineer, and educator. At the USAF Academy, he taught engineering and aviation, and served as a Professor and Dept Head.

He also helped create, then directed the Academy's Center for Character Development.. Happily married for 38 years, the Wagie's have three wonderful married daughters, three great sons-in-law, and two beautiful granddaughters.

William P. Bowden

Dr. Dave Wagie William P. Bowden is a native of Swifton, Arkansas and a graduate of the Univ of Arkansas. Has an MBA from George Washington Univ and a Masters in Political Science from Auburn. He is a life member of AFA and has served as President of Gerrity and is also a Past President of AFA Oklahoma. He is a life member of the AFA of Oklahoma Executive Board, appointed by TEXOMA Past President Terry Cox of Enid. He has attended several National AFA Conventions and is a past winner of the Thomas P. Gerrity Logistics Award. He served on active AF duty for 35 years at 15 bases. He is a Vietnam War Veteran with 44 combat missions in B-52s.