July 26, 2010
Marcia McQuerry has been appointed as OBU's registrar, effective Aug. 1. She will fill the position being vacated by Peggy Askins, who served nearly half a century in the role. Askins will retire July 31.
McQuerry previously served as senior computer programmer/analyst in OBU's Information Systems and Services Office.
"OBU has enjoyed great stability in this post through the rare opportunity to have someone fill it for 47 years," said Dr. Stan Norman, OBU provost and executive vice president for campus life. "Marcia McQuerry offers us the opportunity to maintain continuity since she has already been part of our staff for many years. At the same time, she can build on our strengths as we expand electronic services through the Registrar's Office. She understands our mission and values the distinctive relationships between our students, our faculty and our academic services areas."
A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, McQuerry joined the OBU staff in February 1983 as a computer coding clerk in the Admissions Office. In the summer of 1983, she moved to the Computer Center as an associate programmer. She later served as computer programmer, and then as chief programmer, before assuming her most recent role.
"I have had the privilege of working with Peggy Askins, the current registrar, for over 27 years at my current position," McQuerry said. "Over the years, I have always enjoyed learning more about each aspect of the Academic Center data. I know there will never be any way to replace Peggy and the service she has given to OBU, but I can only hope to carry on her legacy. I am very excited about the opportunity to work more closely with the students and faculty and am looking forward to the new challenges ahead."
McQuerry has been a member of the SRN National Users Group since 1993 and served on the board in several positions including as president. She has also a member of the Bi-tech Software National Users Group since 1993.
She has worked in the pharmacy of the Volunteer Health Clinic for 10 years. The clinic is served by pharmacists from multiple pharmacies who volunteer their services each Thursday night along with doctors, nurses, social service workers and clerical staff to aid people in need of medical attention in Pottawatomie County.
McQuerry is a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Shawnee, where she has participated as a member of the handbell choir. She is active in Junior Service League, having served as president, vice president, treasurer, recording secretary, Ragin Cajun co-chair and yearbook officer. She also enjoys scuba diving.
She has two children. Her daughter, Kathryn Orsak, is a senior at OBU and married to Kevin Orsak, a 2007 OBU graduate. The Orsacks have one son, Boyd. Her son, Jacob McQuerry, is a 2007 OBU graduate and married to Cami Johnson McQuerry, a 2008 OBU alum. He is an accountant with Ernst & Young.