McElroy Selected for Honor Award

Oklahoma Baptist University’s Dr. Linda McElroy is a 2007 recipient of the Oklahoma Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Honor Award, the highest recognition offered by the organization.

The OAHPERD limits the award to members who have served a minimum of 10 years in Oklahoma; who hold national membership in their special field of interest; who have demonstrated ethical professional practices; and have shown excellence in teaching, administrative achievement, contribution to research and professional; leadership in state, district and national professional associations or meritorious service within the profession.

“I am very happy for Linda,” said Dr. Norris Russell, chair of OBU’s Kinesiology and Leisure Studies department. “This award highlights a couple of her strengths: being a true professional and service to the organization. She is most deserving of this honor, and it was my privilege to be able to present it to her at the recent state meeting.”

McElroy, professor of kinesiology and leisure studies, also is OBU’s cheerleading coach. She joined the faculty in 1990. In addition, she serves as the university’s faculty marshal, leading academic processionals at major OBU events. She also is a past chair of the university’s faculty council.

She earned a bachelor’s degree from Indiana State University and a master’s degree from Purdue University. She completed a doctor of education degree from the University of Utah.

McElroy teaches courses on health, physical education and recreation and a variety of exercise, health and kinesiology courses.