Prior to joining ECU as full-time faculty in 2016, Preston Draper taught as an adjunct in the Legal Studies Program. He earned a degree in English and Geography at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, in 1999, and a law degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law, Norman, Oklahoma, in 2003. Prof. Draper began his legal career as an assistant attorney general in the Oklahoma Attorney General's Office, where he served in the criminal appeals and general counsel divisions. In 2009, Prof. Draper moved to Ada, Oklahoma, to begin private practice and in 2011 became a founding member of the law firm Sweeney, Draper & Christopher, PLLC (formerly Sweeney, Smith, Draper & Christopher), where he remains a partner and maintains a limited legal practice. Prof. Draper is an elected member of the Ada City Council, an appointed member of the Pontotoc County Health Board, and serves on the board of the Ada Artists Association. He and his wife, Carrie, who is a math teacher at Ada Junior High School, are the parents of four children. Prof. Draper is also a veteran of the U.S. Navy.