Byland Assumes Broadcast Education Association Presidency

Dr. David A. Byland, associate professor of telecommunication at Oklahoma Baptist University, assumed the presidency of the Broadcast Education Association in late April.

The BEA is the international professional association for educators, industry professionals and graduate students interested in teaching and research related to electronic media and multimedia enterprises. The organization has more than 1,400 individual and institutional members. The annual BEA convention draws more than 1,200 educators from around the world. Byland’s term as president began April 26, during the convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Byland was elected BEA president for 2006-07 in October 2005. He has been a board member for the international organization since 2001, when he was elected District Five representative. BEA’s District Five encompasses Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Mexico, Central America, South America and Australia. In 2004, Byland was elected to the board’s executive committee. He has served as secretary/treasurer and vice president for academic relations.

“BEA is a member-driven association, and there are opportunities for everyone to be involved,” said Byland. “It’s really a group of colleagues and friends all dedicated to achieving the same goal: bringing the best possible educational experience to the young women and men we serve.”

The 2006 BEA convention offered panels and presentations centered around the theme of media convergence. The meeting also featured Emmy-winning director Paris Barclay, who has produced and directed many of the most acclaimed dramas on network television. The convention also highlighted the creative work of faculty and students in the annual Festival of Media Arts. Sponsored by the Charles and Lucille King Family Foundation and Avid Technology Inc., the Best of Festival awards ceremony recognizes outstanding creative work. In addition to a crystal statuette, each winner receives a $1,000 award and a complete Avid editing software package.

OBU is the only institution in the nation to have two faculty members elected as BEA president. Dr. Roger Hadley, OBU professor of telecommunication, served as BEA president for 1997-98.

Byland, who has been teaching since 1983, joined the OBU faculty in 1991. He served as president of the Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association from 2000-2001. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Hiram College, a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and a Ph.D. degree from Cappela University.

He has taught classes in computer graphics for video, writing for the mass media, television production, audio and video production as well as broadcast news production. He also has taught classes in public relations, web page design and development, communications law and regulation, and radio and television announcing. In addition to his duties at OBU, Byland is the president of Red Lion Video Productions, which produces corporate and non-profit video productions.

Byland’s wife, Laura, is director of OBU Theatre and an assistant professor of theatre. They have three daughters: Sarah, an OBU junior; Hannah, a freshman at William Jewell College; and Rebekah, a freshman at Liberty High School in Shawnee.