Dean, James E. Hurley College of Science and Mathematics
Wood Science, 202D
OBU Box 61772
500 W. University
Shawnee, OK 74804
Dr. Debbie Blue was named OBU's chief academic officer on August 30, 2006. She joined the OBU faculty in 1980 and was professor of mathematics. She became dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, the University's largest academic division, in 1996. She now serves as Dean of the James E. Hurley College of Science and Mathematics.
A Shawnee native, Blue graduated from OBU in 1972. Prior to returning to her alma mater, she was an adjunct instructor at Tulsa Junior College, and taught junior high school and middle school mathematics for six years.
Blue has served in various leadership roles during her OBU career. She chaired the University’s “vision team,” which worked in early 2005 to assess the institution’s core curriculum. From that work, OBU has implemented several curriculum changes in what university officials characterize as a move to strengthen an already respected liberal arts program.
Blue currently serves on the Oklahoma State Board of Education, having been appointed to the board by Gov. Frank Keating in 1998, and reappointed by Gov. Brad Henry in 2004. She also is a member of the State Board of Career and Technology Education. She is vice chair of the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation and chairs that organization’s assessment committee, which oversees the state’s teacher certification examinations. She also has served as a mentor for the Executive Leadership Development Institute program of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.
Blue earned a bachelor of science degree at OBU, and completed a master of science degree in mathematics from the University of Tulsa in 1975. She earned a doctor of education degree in curriculum and instruction from Oklahoma State University in 1991.
Blue is a member of the First Baptist Church of Shawnee, where she has taught in the children’s choir program for 25 years, and currently chairs the church’s personnel committee. The Blues have four children, Jami Veenstra, a 1994 OBU graduate; Bethany Blue, Clay Collum, a 2002 OBU graduate; and Andrea Collum, a member of OBU’s Class of 2006. The Blues also have two grandsons, Hayden and Harrison Blue-Hicks.
HON 2619: Honors Colloquium in Mathematics and Physical Science
Congressional District 5 Representative to the Oklahoma State Board of Education, appointed June 1998 with appointment ending April 1, 2004. Awaiting Senate confirmation of appointment to second six-year term to end April, 2010.
Board member, Coalition for the Advancement of Science and Mathematics Education in Oklahoma (CASMEO), 2002-2005.
Presenter at follow-up summit to “Linking Leaders Workshop” held by CASMEO-NASA-NASSMC, January 11, 2002 at Langston University’s Oklahoma City site and attended by 105 invited leaders representing education, business/industry, and government policymakers.
“Linking Leaders for Systemic Improvement Workshop,” Cheyenne, Wyoming, October 17-19, 2001. One of 14 business, policymakers, and/or educators invited by the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Alliance of State Science and Mathematics Coalitions (NASSMC).