Chuck Lawrence
Alumni Spring 2024

From the Alumni Board Director

What an exciting time it is to be engaged with OBU! That may sound a little strange after Bison Hill experienced the most destructive natural event in the school’s history in April 2023. But God is good! And what could have left long-term wreckage has instead become the launching pad for a renewal of the campus we love for decades to come. We are on the front edge of exciting changes – and we can all be a part of it!

It has been my great honor and pleasure to serve on the Alumni Board since 2016, and as president this academic year. It has been exciting to work alongside Lea Ann Quirk, our alumni director, as she is recreating the association to better support all alumni and the future alumni currently attending OBU. We are already seeing the success of the The Weekend which is much more than just homecoming. We are seeing fellow alums travel the world to exciting places. My wife and I will be on the Italy trip in 2024 – and are so excited! We see new initiatives being built to engage alumni across the state in volunteer projects that will enrich their communities, new ways to support recruiting of new students to Bison Hill, and other programs to be announced in the coming year.

The reach and influence of the OBU Alumni Association is expanding. We want to be a valuable asset to the university we love. There is a place for you plug in. Contact Lea Ann to make sure you know what exciting activities are coming up. Explore being on the Alumni Board and helping shape our future. Look for events in your local community and serve with other Bison. Find a way to engage with OBU!

– Chuck Lawrence

2023–24 Alumni Board Members

2023-34 OBU Alumni Board


Chuck Lawrence, ’82


Austin Manger, ’14


Amanda Teape Johnson, ’10

Term Expires 2024

  • Elizabeth Bird, ’98
  • Kalyn Baker Fullbright, ’15
  • Megan Kelly Higgins, ’05
  • Leanne Hayes Howard, ’78
  • Chris Peters, ’07
  • Lisa McMillan Roth, ’92
  • Karen Wilkinson Sims, ’80

Term Expires 2025

  • Libby Atyia, ’02
  • Scott Greenland, ’03
  • Leah Hillman, ’99
  • Mandy Kniskern, ’98
  • Austin Manger, ’14
  • Mandi MacDonald, ’12
  • Dena Payn, ’02
  • Jeremy Smith, ’00
  • Deanna Wilder, ’97

Term Expires 2026

  • Amanda Teape Johnson, ’10
  • Jordan Cleveland, ’08
  • Jake Vanderslice, ’19