October 13, 2006
An experienced Christian education administrator recently joined Oklahoma Baptist University to direct the university’s admissions programs. Bruce Perkins became OBU’s director of admissions in September, after serving as president and CEO of Shiloh Christian School in Springdale, Ark.
“Bruce brings with him a strong knowledge of the importance of higher education, especially in a Christian context,” said Trent Argo, OBU’s dean of enrollment management. “He is a proven and effective leader, and we are pleased to have him as part of the OBU administrative team.”
In his five years at SCS, Perkins helped the school gain accreditation with North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Shiloh also demonstrated strong global mission emphasis during Perkins’ tenure, as 137 different students went on nine mission trips to seven different countries.
“Bruce understands the importance of crafting a well-informed Christian worldview,” OBU President Mark Brister said. “His leadership in our admissions area will help us communicate the value of an OBU education to prospective students and their families in Oklahoma and beyond our state.”
Before his tenure at SCS, Perkins served 15 years as senior pastor of Memorial Baptist Church in Grapevine, Texas. He helped establish MBC as a “global priority church” with Southern Baptists’ International Mission Board. The church’s contribution to international missions increased 745 percent under his leadership.
His emphasis on world missions also was demonstrated in 1997, when he led the first Southern Baptist team of volunteers into Burma after the military seized power in 1988. He has led mission teams on six different continents.
Perkins is working toward a doctor of education degree at Oral Roberts University. In 1982, he received his master’s of divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a 1978 graduate of Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas. He is a native of Frederick, Okla.