Shepard shared that he attended CASC as a member of the Scholars Program. "Two of the best years of my life were at Carl Albert. I learned lots and had an awesome time." He went on to say, "My best friend today is someone I met here." Shepard talked to the students about life and encouraged them to not only complete their degree but to never quit learning. He encouraged them to value relationships, value other people, have a positive attitude, and find their passion. He also stressed to them the need to find balance in life. Shepard's community involvement reflects his commitment to leadership and service. Shepard is a graduate of both the Leadership Fort Smith and the Leadership Springfield programs. He has also served on many boards in the Springfield and Fort Smith Areas.
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