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Dr. Will Smallwood

Vice President for University Advancement


Will Smallwood was named vice president for university advancement at Oklahoma Baptist University in May 2010. Smallwood came to OBU after serving as director of development for The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. In his role at OBU, Smallwood serves as the university's chief development officer and advises President David Whitlock on management and operation of university development as well as donor relations. He also directs the university's programs in resource development and alumni relations.

Under his leadership, OBU launched its most extensive fund raising effort in history with the five-year, $42 million Vision for a New Century Capital Campaign. In December 2014, a little more than 3 years into the campaign, OBU surpassedthe $42 million campaign goal. In response to this success, OBU Trustees extended the financial and timeline goal of the campaign to $60 million by December 2018.

After college, Smallwood worked in Florida as a commercial printing sales consultant for Fortune 500 firm Consolidated Graphics. He also served as a bi-vocational pastor in Kentucky and preaches frequently at churches in Oklahoma. He and his wife Caroline are members of Immanuel Baptist, Shawnee, and he serves on the Shawnee Airport Advisory Board. A native of Ocala, Fla., Smallwood earned a bachelor's degree in public relations from the University of Florida. He earned a master's degree in theology from Southern Seminary and completed his doctorate of philosophy in the area of American religious history and biblical spirituality.


  • Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
    • Dissertation: "The Most Versatile Man": The Life, Ministry and Piety of Basil Manly, Jr.
  • M.Div., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • B.S., University of Florida

Courses Taught

BTHS 5503: Introduction to Biblical Spirituality/Spiritual Formation


Council for Advancement and Support of Education