New ORU President

Dr. Mark Rutland was selected as the third president of Oral Roberts University. He is a distinguished educator, charismatic leader, business man and a nationally recognized figure in Christian higher education. The active pursuit of intellectual and spiritual awakening is central to Dr. Rutland's wordview, making his vision a perfect complement to the ORU philosophy of whole-person education. He began his new role July 1, 2009.

Dr. Rutland also currently serves as president of Global Servants. Through Global Servants, Dr. Rutland has founded ministries in Ghana and Thailand. The House of Grace home for tribal girls in Chiang Rai, Thailand, was founded in 1988 and houses over 100 girls.

A native of Texas, Dr. Rutland was educated at the University of Maryland and Candler College of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He holds a Ph.D. from California Graduate School of Theology.

Dr. Rutland is the author of 13 books:
Launch Out into the Deep
The Finger of God
Hanging by a Thread
Behind the Glittering Mask
Streams of Mercy
God of the Valleys
Character Matters
his latest book, Most Likely to Succeed

Dr. Rutland and his wife, Alison, have one son, two daughters, three grandsons, and two granddaughters.