Marty O'GwynnAssociate Vice President for University Advancement, Assistant to the President for Special Projects ARC Baxter, First Floor405.585.5411 OBU Box 61275500 W. UniversityShawnee, OK 74804
Marty O'Gwynn joined the OBU staff in the spring of 1991, as director of public relations. He moved to the Alumni Office in 1996, serving as executive director of the OBU Alumni Association from 1996 to 2005. He then returned to the public relations office, where he supervised a staff of five who handled various communications duties for the university. In February 2011, he was promoted to the position of AVP for University Advancement and Assistant to the President for Special Projects where he will serve as as the university's chief fund raiser for athletics, as well as gain enhanced responsibilities related to strategic planning and major events.
O'Gwynn grew up in Central Florida and earned a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from Baylor University. He completed a master of arts degree in communication from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1986. His career in higher education began in September 1986 as media services coordinator for Palm Beach Atlantic College. He moved to Shorter College in Rome, Ga., in late 1987 as director of public relations, then moved to Shawnee in April 1991.
In addition to his work with OBU public relations, he is the radio voice of the OBU Lady Bison basketball team. He has served in various roles with District IV of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, and currently is a member of the CASE commission for communications and marketing.
O'Gwynn and his wife, Deborah, are members of Immanuel Baptist Church in Shawnee. They have two sons, Andrew, a 2009 OBU graduate, and Timothy, an OBU junior.