J. Steve Oliver ’77, ’83
Professor, University of Georgia
Steve Oliver joined the College of Education Board in 2016. He holds a doctorate from the University of Georgia, a master’s degree in science education from NC State, as well as bachelor’s degrees in wildlife biology and science education from NC State. Steve is a professor of science education at the University of Georgia; prior to that, he was a professor at Kansas State University and science teacher in Caldwell and Wake counties in North Carolina.
Steve is passionate about higher education. He and his late wife, Jenny, created the Anderson/Glass scholarship in honor of two professors — Norman Anderson and J. Conrad Glass, Jr. – who helped them find their professional direction. The scholarship supports graduate students in Adult and Community College Education and in STEM Education at the college.
Steve also established the Jenny Penney Oliver Scholarship Endowment as an estate gift in honor of his late wife, who had extraordinary caring for those who don’t have a voice in society and who also served as a faculty member at the University of Georgia. The endowment will provide need-based scholarship awards for undergraduate students in the College of Education.
Steve enjoys fishing, walking in the hills of the North Carolina mountains, growing vegetables, and traveling. He plans to retire soon, but maintain broad interests and activities.