August 12, 2008
W. Kyle Tresch, a 1986 graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University, has been named dean of the university's Paul Dickinson School of Business. Tresch also will serve as the Lloyd G. and Betty Minter Associate Professor of Business.
"I am pleased that Kyle Tresch is returning to OBU as dean of the Paul Dickinson School of Business," said John Parrish, OBU interim president. "He was an outstanding student, and he has compiled an outstanding record in the practice of law. He brings significant business experience from his law practice, and he will represent us well to prospective students, alumni and supporters of the business school."
Tresch most recently worked in commercial lending and general counsel support with McQueen, Rains and Tresch, LLP. He was a founding partner in the Tulsa-based firm. He previously worked as senior counsel for CITGO Petroleum Corporation in Tulsa; shareholder/director attorney for Tulsa's Crowe and Dunlevy; and transactions counsel/executive vice president for the Baptist Foundation of Arizona in Phoenix.
In addition to his bachelor's degree from OBU, he earned a juris doctorate from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va.
"I eagerly anticipate building relationships and working with OBU's faculty, staff, administration and supporters to help ensure that our university continues to provide students with a superior education in an environment that allows them to maximize their potential," Tresch said. "OBU has a century-long tradition of fostering leadership and equipping its graduates to make a positive contribution to their community and the world. I am proud to be a part of continuing that history."
While a student at OBU, Tresch was active in a variety of organizations on campus including the Student Government Association, in which he served as chief justice of the SGA's Supreme Court. He also was elected to the student superlative Best All-Around Man.
"As Dean Tresch, Kyle will be able to encourage students toward active campus involvement as well as helping them to creatively plan for their futures," said Dr. Deborah Blue, OBU senior vice president for academic affairs. " His enthusiasm for OBU is contagious, and he has life experiences which will inspire our students in many ways."
Tresch's wife, Lisa Jackson Tresch, graduated from OBU in 1987. The couple have three children: Colin, Erin and Alison. Tresch has served as an active church leader, as a Sunday School teacher and as a volunteer with Tulsa' s Habitat for Humanity chapter.
"He really understands the integration of faith with all aspects of life," Blue said. "His faith has influenced career choices, helped him through ethical challenges and led him and his family to participate in mission endeavors both locally and globally. I look forward to his representing OBU and the Paul Dickinson School of Business to current and prospective students and to alumni and friends as he builds relationships here and in the broader Oklahoma community."