During their spring meeting on the Shawnee campus May 10, the Oklahoma Baptist University Board of Trustees approved faculty promotions, authorized sabbatical leave and heard updates from the presidential search committee.
Chair of the presidential search committee Ben Stewart reported on the status of the search process saying the committee selected the firm of CarterBaldwin to assist in the search for OBU’s next president. Representatives from the firm were on campus Thursday and Friday to collect information from various constituent groups and to meet with the committee.
“After our meeting today, CarterBaldwin will assist us in the development of a profile for the next president of OBU,” Stewart said. “The profile will be disseminated widely in the coming weeks. Recommendations for candidates should be submitted to CarterBaldwin at that time.”
The board of trustees took action to approve professor emeritus status for
Trustees also approved faculty promotions for
In his report to the Board of Trustees, OBU Interim President,
“As of April 30, OBU has received $6.5 million in total gifts this fiscal year,” he said. “This represents an increase of more than $500,000 over the last year and $300,000 over two years ago.”
James Wilder, chair of the advancement and university relations committee, recommended approval of a resolution to initiate a mini-capital campaign to raise funds to resurface the track and provide lights for the track and football field. The current track is 12 years old and has exceeded the recommended life of 10 years.
“When maintenance is deferred, the repairs can become much more expensive,”
Trustees approved the recommendation which will now go to the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma’s Board of Directors for approval. The goal for the campaign is set at $750,000 and with appropriate approval and gifts from donors, officials hope the lights will be installed this summer and the track will be installed shortly after.
Stephen Allen, chair of OBU’s Board of Trustees, moderated the board’s plenary session. Allen is senior vice president, general counsel and assistant secretary at ONEOK.