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Tresch Resigns; Reeder Named Interim PDSB Dean

February 2, 2010

Dr. Kyle Tresch has resigned as dean of Oklahoma Baptist University's Paul Dickinson School of Business, OBU Provost Stan Norman announced Monday afternoon. Dr. Dan Reeder, OBU professor of business, has been named interim dean of the business school.

Citing personal reasons, Tresch said he submitted his resignation to Dr. Norman, effective Feb. 1.

"My desire is to be back with my family in Tulsa," Tresch said. "It has been an honor to work with faculty members in the Paul Dickinson School of Business. I am confident that there are very bright days ahead for OBU and the School of Business."

A 1986 OBU graduate, Tresch returned to his alma mater in August 2008 as dean and as Minter associate professor of business. Before coming to OBU, Tresch worked in commercial lending and general counsel support with McQueen, Rains and Tresch, LLP. He was a founding partner in the Tulsa-based firm.

"Dr. Tresch has invested his energy and skill-set in strengthening the Paul Dickinson School of Business during his tenure as dean," said Norman. "We wish him well as he returns to Tulsa."

Reeder joined the OBU faculty in 1991 as the university's chief finance professor. He moved from the classroom to the dean's post in February 2000, serving in that role for four years before returning to a full-time teaching role.

"With Dr. Reeder accepting the role as interim dean, we are able to continue our tradition of success in the School of Business," said Norman. "He can provide solid leadership as we begin the search for a new dean."

Reeder earned bachelor's and MBA degrees from the University of Tulsa and completed a Ph.D. degree from Oklahoma State University. He received OBU's Promising Teacher Award in 1995, and has served as the university's Faculty Council chair.

The Depew, Okla., native teaches Introduction to Finance, Investments, International Finance, Portfolio Management, Managerial Finance, and Consumer Economics/Personal Finance.

Reeder is a deacon at University Baptist Church in Shawnee. He also is a member of Sine Nomine Singers Community Choir. His wife, Stacy, is a professor of mathematics education at the University of Oklahoma. They have three children, Dane, Raye, and Meg.

OBU's School of Business had an enrollment of 165 students in the fall 2009 semester. The school has 10 faculty members and offers eight majors and three bachelor's degrees. Students in the School of Business scored in the top 5 percent among business students nationwide in the spring 2009 Major Field Test. The test, conducted annually by Educational Testing Service, is designed to "measure the basic knowledge and understanding achieved by students in a major field of study."