OBU recently welcomed new staff member, Kenneth Chapman, Jr., to Bison Hill as the assistant dean of students for campus life.
The position will serve as an extension of campus life, focusing on multiethnic affairs, disability services, and parent and family programs.
Chapman said his main goal is to ensure all student populations feel valued and a part of the Bison family, as well as a part of God's kingdom.
He earned a bachelor's degree in public relations: mass communication from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2007, a master's of education from the University of Oklahoma in 2012, and is currently pursuing a doctorate of philosophy from the University of Oklahoma.
He previously worked as coordinator of student programs for the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, served as an academic advisor for Oklahoma State University, and currently teaches a college success course as an adjunct instructor for UCO.
Chapman is president of the Oklahoma Academic Advising Association and serves as a member of the Alliance of Emerging Professionals, American College Personnel Association, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, among other memberships and activities.
He is a licensed and ordained minister, currently serving as assistant to the pastor at House of Prayer Baptist Church in Del City, Okla.
Chapman said he will focus on diversity, inclusion and multiculturalism, as he begins new programs and initiatives that are in line with the mission and vision of the university.
"I just want to be in on the fun and rewarding experience of developing current and future leaders for Jesus Christ," Chapman said.