The Shepard Academic Resource Center is named for its benefactors, University of Portland Board of Regents member Steve Shepard, and his wife Donna. During the University's Defining Moment Campaign, the Shepards provided a generous gift in order to allow for the creation of a center aimed at helping first-year students in the transition to college. Since then, the center has transformed into a service for all students.
Steve Shepard graduated from the University of Portland with a degree in business in 1958, and has been a member of the Board of Regents since 1989. For nearly thirty years, Steve has been an active member of the Oregon Estate Planning Council, and is a member of the steering committee of the Albert Starr Academic Center for Cardiac Surgery at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland.
Steve and his wife Donna have two daughters, Jennifer and Stephanie, and live in Lake Oswego, Oregon.