Dr. Marshal Wright
Chair of the Graduate School of Business
If you're looking for Dr. Marshal Wright outside of class, you may find him on the basketball or tennis court. Several times a week since 1978, he's gathered in the gym with friends for a pick-up basketball game. Tennis has been his passion since being part of the ORU tennis team that ranked tenth in the nation.
The son of missionaries, Marshal was born in India where his dad served as president of the Southeast Asia Bible Institute and later the Tamilnadu Bible Institute. He has returned to India on a tennis missions trip in the 1980s and just recently again, ministering to persecuted Christians in summer 2009. Traveling to exotic destinations and photographing the people and places he visits is something else Dr. Wright enjoys, and he and his wife Annmarie have visited England, Scotland, South Africa and Lithuania where he taught business classes and traveled.
Though he has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in business education, he originally set out to be a lawyer and earned a law degree from Regent University. For several years, he practiced law in San Diego and in Tulsa emphasizing the areas of wills, trusts, estate and gift taxation, and corporate and nonprofit law, but business and specifically teaching were his true calling, so he returned to ORU as a professor in 1995. Recently, he served as interim dean for the School of Business, but has loved returning to focusing fulltime on his passion - the students in the classroom - as well as serving as graduate chair. He continues to be energized by teaching classes in Strategic Management, Not-for-Profit Administration, Leadership, Estate and Gift Taxation, and Organizational Dynamics.
In 2009, Regent University named Dr. Wright the outstanding alumnus of the year for the School of Global Leadership and Entrepreneurship. He has also been honored as the recipient of the prestigious ACBSP Region Six Teaching Excellence award presented by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.
Of all the things Dr. Wright likes about ORU, he says that perhaps the greatest is its purpose driven approach to life and career. "As Paul wrote to Christians in Romans 12:2, we encourage our students to ‘be transformed by the renewing of your minds.' It's something that will keep you focused and on track wherever life takes you."