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Dr. Stan Norman

Provost and Executive Vice President for Campus Life


Dr. Stan Norman serves as Provost and Executive Vice President for Campus Life at Oklahoma Baptist University, providing executive leadership for academic services, student development, spiritual life, enrollment management, university communications, and athletics.

A native of Durant, OK, Norman completed a Ph.D. degree in systematic theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He earned a master of divinity degree from the seminary and completed a bachelor's degree in Biblical studies from The Criswell College.

Dr. Norman has served in administrative and teaching roles in Baptist higher education for over 15 years. Prior to his service at OBU, he served as Vice President for University Relations at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo, where he provided leadership for donor, alumni, and church relations.

Dr. Norman previously served on the faculty of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary as associate professor of theology, occupying the McFarland Chair of Theology and then the Cooperative Program Chair for Southern Baptist studies. During his tenure at NOBTS, he created and directed the Baptist Center for Theology and Ministry, a professional organization designed to provide resources and programs to promote the integration of theology and ministry in SBC life.

Norman’s other academic positions include faculty appointments as assistant professor of religion at Charleston Southern University, Charleston, SC, and assistant professor of theology and church history at The Criswell College in Dallas, TX. While completing his post-graduate studies, Norman also served as an adjunct professor at Dallas Baptist University and The Criswell College.

In addition to his academic career, Norman has served as a senior pastor or as an interim pastor for SBC churches in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Missouri, and Oklahoma. He has been an author, editor, and contributing writer for several books, including The Baptist Way: Distinctives of a Baptist Church, Perspectives of Church Governance: Five Views of Church Polity, “Human Sinfulness,” in A Theology for the Church, and More Than Just A Name: Preserving Our Baptist Identity. He currently is writing the book Theology Made Simple, scheduled for release by B&H Publishing Group in 2015.

Stan and his wife, Joy, have three sons and reside in Shawnee, OK.