University Administration News Articles

Whitlock Shares OBU Update at BGCO Annual Meeting

November 15, 2017 | Permalink

Dr. David W. Whitlock, president of Oklahoma Baptist University, addressed delegates at the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma annual meeting Tuesday, Nov. 14, at Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. "OBU is in the business of…

OBU Celebrates Recognition as Blue Zones Approved Worksite

November 3, 2017 | Permalink

Oklahoma Baptist University celebrated becoming a Blue Zones Project approved worksite with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, Nov. 3. OBU is the first university in the state of Oklahoma and the first top 20 employer in Pottawatomie County to…

University Honors Exceptional Alumni During Annual Harvest Dinner

October 27, 2017 | Permalink

OBU recognized outstanding alumni with special awards during its Harvest Dinner Friday, Oct. 27. The annual event is part of the University’s homecoming weekend celebration. OBU President Dr. David W. Whitlock provided the opening remarks…

Blade Joins Bison Hill as Assistant Dean of Students

October 17, 2017 | Permalink

Oklahoma Baptist University recently welcomed Maliek Blade to the student development office as assistant dean of students, diversity and multicultural student services. He assumed his duties Monday, Oct. 16. Moving halfway across the U.S. from…

Davis Delivers Gaskin Lecture on History of African American Baptist Churches in Oklahoma

October 2, 2017 | Permalink

France A. Davis, pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church of Salt Lake City, delivered the Gaskin Lecture at Oklahoma Baptist University Oct. 2. His topic was “The History of African American Baptist Churches in Oklahoma from 1990 to…

Jordan Receives OBU's Hobbs Award During Falls Creek Centennial Celebration

September 7, 2017 | Permalink

Oklahoma Baptist University presented the Herschel H. Hobbs Award for Distinguished Denominational Service to Dr. Anthony Jordan, Executive Director-Treasurer of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, Sunday, Sept. 3, during the Falls…

Message from OBU President David W. Whitlock Regarding Hurricane Harvey

August 29, 2017 | Permalink

Dear Bison family,  We know many of you have been affected either directly or indirectly by the catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey that continues to wreak havoc along its path. We pray God's protection and provision for…

OBU Arboretum Earns National Accreditation from ArbNet

June 30, 2017 | Permalink

OBU has been awarded a level I accreditation by the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and The Morton Arboretum, for achieving particular standards of professional practices deemed important for arboreta and botanic gardens. The ArbNet…

University Presents Hobbs Award to Iorg at SBC Annual Meeting

June 26, 2017 | Permalink

Oklahoma Baptist University presented the Herschel H. Hobbs Award for Distinguished Denominational Service to Dr. Jeff Iorg, president of Gateway Seminary, Wednesday, June 14, during the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Phoenix,…

OBU Presents Scholarship to National Spelling Bee Runner-Up

June 21, 2017 | Permalink

In recognition of his first runner-up placement in the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee, Oklahoma Baptist University presented a scholarship to Rohan Rajeev of Edmond, Oklahoma. The presentation took place Tuesday, June 20. OBU’s…

OBU’s MFT Counseling Clinic Brings Hope, Healing to Community

May 26, 2017 | Permalink

Transforming lives – a key component of OBU’s mission – is powerfully demonstrated by the University’s Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) graduate program. The students and faculty of the MFT program apply their skills to…

OBU Welcomes Stroud as Assistant Dean of Students for Community and Leadership

May 25, 2017 | Permalink

OBU is excited to welcome Melissa Stroud as the new assistant dean of students for community and leadership. She assumed her duties May 1. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in cross-cultural ministry from OBU in 2004. She then earned a Master…

Former OBU President Cothen Passes at 96

May 22, 2017 | Permalink

Dr. Grady C. Cothen, Oklahoma Baptist University president from 1966-70, passed away May 19 at The Orchard retirement home in Ridgeland, Mississippi. He was 96 years old. “Dr. Cothen was a kind and gracious man with a deep love of Christ…

OBU Board of Trustees Approves Faculty Promotions and New Faculty Contracts

May 19, 2017 | Permalink

During their spring meeting on the Shawnee campus May 19, the Oklahoma Baptist University Board of Trustees attended a “first nail” ceremony for the new Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic, approved faculty promotions and new faculty…

OBU to Host First Nail Ceremony May 19 for New Counseling Clinic

May 17, 2017 | Permalink

Oklahoma Baptist University will host a “first nail” ceremony Friday, May 19, at 8 a.m. The ceremony will celebrate a significant building remodel that will take place over the summer in preparation for a new counseling clinic. The…

OBU to Present Honorary Doctorates to Chance, Wall During Commencement May 19

May 15, 2017 | Permalink

Oklahoma Baptist University will award an honorary Doctor of Humanities to Dr. Jay P. Chance, ’56, and an honorary Doctor of Business to Mary Ellen Wall during OBU’s Spring Commencement May 19 at 3 p.m. in Raley Chapel’s…

OBU Plants Survivor Tree Seedling, Commemorates Arbor Day

April 25, 2017 | Permalink

Oklahoma Baptist University hosted a tree planting ceremony Tuesday, April 25, in observance of Arbor Day 2017. Members of the campus community planted a seedling of an American elm from the Survivor Tree at the Oklahoma City National Memorial.…

OBU to Plant Seedling from OKC Survivor Tree April 25

April 18, 2017 | Permalink

Oklahoma Baptist University will host a special tree planting ceremony Tuesday, April 25, in advance of Arbor Day 2017. The event will take place on the south lawn of Raley Chapel at 11 a.m. on OBU’s campus in Shawnee. As the central…

University Recognizes Employees for 505 Years of Service

April 13, 2017 | Permalink

OBU hosted its 2017 Service Awards Banquet on Thursday, April 13, on OBU's campus in Shawnee. The annual event recognizes employees for milestone years of service as well as retiring faculty and staff. OBU recognized 47 employees for a…

OBU Seeking Comments in Advance of HLC Accreditation Visit

March 29, 2017 | Permalink

Oklahoma Baptist University is seeking comments from the public about the University in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The University will host a visit September 25-26, 2017, with a team representing…

Manning Delivers Inspirational Message During OBU’s Green and Gold Gala

March 8, 2017 | Permalink

Oklahoma Baptist University believes strongly in the quality and value of an OBU education. As such, the University continually strives to provide more funds in scholarships for students, with the hope that no student who desires to attend OBU…

OBU Community Mourns Passing of Dr. Michael Travers

March 2, 2017 | Permalink

OBU is mourning the passing of a beloved member of its family, Dr. Michael Travers. He served the university faithfully as associate provost, associate dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, chair of the Division of Language and…

AT&T Gives $8,000 to OBU for High School STEM Initiative

February 17, 2017 | Permalink

AT&T presented a check for $8,000 to Oklahoma Baptist University in a ceremony held Friday, Feb. 17, on the OBU campus in Shawnee. The contribution was made to support science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education initiatives for…

OBU Trustees Meet Virtually, Approve Faculty Contracts

February 3, 2017 | Permalink

OBU trustees met via videoconference for the first meeting of the spring semester Friday, Feb. 3. Trustees approved recommendations for senior faculty status, sabbatical leave and faculty contracts for 2017-18. In his report to the board, Dr.…

OBU Team Presents Project at Assessment Academy Results Workshop

November 15, 2016 | Permalink

A team from Oklahoma Baptist University traveled to Chicago, Illinois, Oct. 12-13, to present the results of a five-year project during the Assessment Academy Results Workshop, hosted by the Higher Learning Commission. Institutions progress…

OBU Presents JM Carroll Award to Kelly King

November 15, 2016 | Permalink

OBU presented the JM Carroll Award to Kelly King, Tuesday, Nov. 15, during the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma’s (BGCO) annual meeting held at Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. King is the former BGCO Women’s…

OBU Honors Veterans During Ceremony Nov. 11

November 11, 2016 | Permalink

OBU held a special ceremony Friday, Nov. 11, honoring veterans of the United States military in observance of Veterans Day. The event took place in Gold Star Park on the OBU campus in Shawnee. The park is located just west of Kickapoo and south…

OBU Trustees Adopt Budget, Celebrate Enrollment Growth

October 7, 2016 | Permalink

The OBU Board of Trustees approved a $76.9 million operating budget and the tuition and fee structure for the 2017-18 academic year, dedicated a new campus art project, and celebrated a record freshman class during their fall semester meeting…

OBU Dedicates New Bison Sculptures and University Sign

October 7, 2016 | Permalink

OBU held a dedication ceremony Friday, Oct. 7, for a new campus art project located on the southwest corner of Kickapoo and MacArthur. The project includes three life-sized metal Bison sculptures, a new OBU sign, a new brick structure housing…

Jordan Delivers OBU Gaskin Lecture, Details Falls Creek’s 99-Year History

October 3, 2016 | Permalink

Dr. Anthony Jordan, executive director-treasurer of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, delivered OBU’s Gaskin Lecture Monday, Oct. 3. Jordan focused on the contribution of Falls Creek to Oklahoma Baptist history. "It's an honor…

Bison Sculptures Installed at Kickapoo and MacArthur

September 16, 2016 | Permalink

Three life-sized Bison sculptures were installed on the northeast corner of the OBU campus Friday, Sept. 16. The Bison are featured as part of an art project on the southwest corner of Kickapoo and MacArthur. The project will also include a new…

OBU Earns Top Rankings for Best Regional Colleges by U.S. News & World Report

September 13, 2016 | Permalink

For the 23rd consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report named OBU as Oklahoma's highest ranked college on the “Best Regional Colleges of the West” list. OBU also ranked in the top five “Least Debt” regional colleges list…

Green and Jones Installed to Academic Positions During OBU Convocation

September 1, 2016 | Permalink

Dr. Daryl Green and Dr. Galen Jones were installed to academic positions during Oklahoma Baptist University's annual Convocation service Aug. 31. Endowed chairs and professorships are awarded to select professors who are outstanding teachers…

Whitlock Challenges OBU Community to Live With Purpose

August 31, 2016 | Permalink

OBU President Dr. David W. Whitlock inspired a gathering of students, faculty, administration and staff during OBU's annual Convocation Wednesday, Aug. 31. The annual event kicks off the new academic year by bringing together all members of the…

OBU College of Science and Mathematics Welcomes New Faculty

August 17, 2016 | Permalink

OBU’s James E. Hurley College of Science and Mathematics is pleased to welcome two new faculty members. Dr. Chris Jones is the new dean of the Hurley College, while Dr. Roland Ngebichie-Njabon assumed the role of chemistry…

OBU Names Compton as Dean of Students

July 1, 2016 | Permalink

OBU has named Odus Compton as dean of students. Compton currently serves the University as director of student ministry. His role as dean of students will take effect July 5. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from OBU with a minor in…

OBU Earns National Recognition as a College of Distinction

June 30, 2016 | Permalink

Oklahoma Baptist University was recently named as a 2016-17 College of Distinction, a nationally prestigious designation for universities that demonstrate an innovative application of high impact educational practices. Since 1999, the Colleges…

OBU Hosts NCFCA National Championship, Offers Scholarships to Winners

June 23, 2016 | Permalink

OBU is hosting the national championships for the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association June 21-25. In conjunction with this event, the University recently announced special scholarships that will be awarded to winners of…

OBU Ranks Third in Affordability for Western United States

June 22, 2016 | Permalink

OBU ranked third on a list of the 25 Most Affordable Christian Colleges and Universities in the West for 2016. The list was released June 21 by Christian Universities Online and was published on the group’s website,…

Naylor Receives OBU’s Hobbs Award During SBC Meeting

June 15, 2016 | Permalink

OBU presented the Herschel H. Hobbs Award for Distinguished Denominational Service to Dr. Rebekah Naylor Tuesday, June 14, during the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in St. Louis, Missouri. OBU President Dr. David W. Whitlock…

OBU Confers Degrees Upon 249 Graduates

May 13, 2016 | Permalink

OBU conferred undergraduate degrees upon 249 students during its 102nd Spring Commencement Friday, May 13. The event took place on the OBU campus in Shawnee. The graduating students took their symbolic final walk across the campus as OBU…

OBU Awards Highest Honors to Lilite, Pope and Anderson

May 13, 2016 | Permalink

OBU presented its highest faculty and staff honors during the university’s 102nd Spring Commencement May 13. OBU President Dr. David W. Whitlock presented the awards before an overflow audience of more than 1,800 in Raley Chapel’s…

Smallwood Named Senior Vice President for Advancement and University Relations

March 4, 2016 | Permalink

OBU is pleased to announce the promotion of Dr. Will Smallwood to senior vice president for advancement and university relations. The transition was effective March 1. Smallwood has served at OBU since 2010 as vice president for university…