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Mills Selected for New ORU Leadership Post

University Advancement Vice President Ossie Mills
University Advancement Vice President Ossie Mills

Oral Roberts University President Mark Rutland announced on Aug. 8 that Ossie Mills has been named executive vice president for University Advancement, effective Sept. 1, 2011.

"I am excited that Ossie Mills has joined ORU as the executive vice president for University Advancement," Dr. Rutland said. "With his vast experience in development as well as television and communications, I know he will be a tremendous asset to the University."

Mills has more than 27 years of experience in media, management, communications, and distribution with both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. He has been engaged in significant leadership roles in TV (most recently as an executive vice president at Inspiration Network), production, marketing, interactive communications, commerce, and executive management, and is widely recognized as one of the premier executives in the faith-based community. He has been working with the University for the past few months in a consulting role and has brought several substantial initiatives to the table.

In his new role, Mills will lead the following areas: Alumni Relations, Ministerial Relations, Major Gifts, Advancement Services, Annual Fund, Estate Planning, Golden Eagle Broadcasting, University Media Productions, Public Relations, Marketing, and the International Worship Center. He will report directly to Dr. Rutland and will take a seat on ORU's Executive Council.

"I never dreamed that I would be here at the place where my call began," said Mills, a 1983 ORU graduate with a degree in telecommunications. "My call was never to the pastorate or as a crusade evangelist, but it was always to be a communicator and a marketer of the Faith.

Mills added that he is "thrilled to be at ORU working with world-renowned faculty, veteran administrators, and students of such high potential. From this one place, we can reach the world." He sees his role as "a catalyst to rebuild the institution and to catapult its future growth in all facets."