Even after all these years, he catches himself applying concepts that he picked up during his college classes at SNU.
The university gave him the theoretical principles while showing him how to make them work in the real world.“Having this practical application helped me a lot,” he said. But they cared and that was perfect for me,” he said.
Chase was about 100 credit hours into his college education when a colleague at AT&T told him about an innovative degree completion program for adult students at Southern Nazarene University. Today Chase is the chief executive officer for Nv YA Technology, a commercial IT service provider in Oklahoma City, and is responsible for the strategic direction of the company as well as working with customers.Despite his impressive resume, earning his degrees at Southern Nazarene are still one of his most cherished accomplishments.“I was the first in my family to graduate from college.It was about achieving goals and seeing where I could go with it,” he said. “We can make all the excuses why we can’t, but you have the opportunity and you should do it,” Chase emphasized.After four years of active duty military Stan Chase found himself on a college campus trying to complete his undergraduate degree while taking care of his young family, working a full-time job, and serving in the National Guard.“When I came back from the military, I was 25, 26 years old. I was taking night classes on campus while working 40-60 hours a week."College was a different experience for me than the other kids on campus,” Chase recalled of his experience at a local, large public university.“It gave me the opportunity to see the end goal,” he said.There was also great comfort in the camaraderie among the other adult students that were sharing the experience and were facing similar challenges.Chase co-founded multiple technology start-ups including The Rock Island Group in 1995 and Perimeter Technology Center in 2002, which became Oklahoma’s premiere data center provider and was sold in 2011 to Cequel 3 in St. Besides growing his technology companies, he has been involved in local business development and with community organizations such as New View Oklahoma.He is also a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City and Leadership Oklahoma.“Once you finish it, it is the most exhilarating feeling.I remember my dad was there and seeing the pride on his face, my wife and son were there. Southern Nazarene University is a pioneer in adult learning – and Chase was one of its early graduates.