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ORU Trustees Empower Administration on Global Distance Education

Oral Roberts University is a global campus—playing host to students from 65 countries. The Board of Trustees for this world-renowned Christian university, is energized toward the possibility of taking an ORU education to the nations in the future. At the recent Board of Trustees meeting, President Mark Rutland was empowered to develop a global distance education strategy.

“I am confident that global educational outreach is crucial to the future growth of the university,” said Board Chair Mart Green. “The Board is looking forward to the creative concepts the administration will present to provide an ORU degree in the global market, while keeping the core of the whole-person education—which is our niche.”

Specific plans for global education will be presented at an upcoming board meeting.

The search for ORU’s fourth president is in full swing. The presidential search committee met recently and has identified a group of prospects with whom the search consultant will meet for in-depth interviews during the month of October. The committee will then meet again at the end of October to establish an interview slate. The committee is hopeful that a candidate for president will be presented for Board approval in the January Board of Trustees meeting.

The Board received many updates that speak to the overall health of the university and a bright future. A few of the highlights are below:

Oral Roberts University welcomed the largest freshman class in 10 years. The 617 freshmen bring the total fall 2012 undergraduate and graduate enrollment up 76 students from last year to 3,335 students. Retention of freshmen from the fall of 2012 is over the 80 percent mark for the third straight year.

 The Armand Hammer Alumni-Student Center will be completed in January and is the first major building to be constructed on campus in 30 years. The Hammer Center at 30,000 square feet will be a place for food, fun and fellowship for ORU students as well as the location of alumni offices. This building will also feature the largest television in Oklahoma at 11 feet four inches tall by just over 20 feet wide.

Donations from alumni during the 2012 fiscal year were the highest on record. This achievement was reached in large part because of enthusiastic response among alumni to the Armand Hammer Alumni-Student Center project as well as ongoing solid response to the Quest Whole Person Scholarship matching campaign.

ORU was ranked with the second highest financial health score for a private institution in Oklahoma by the U.S. Department of Education.

“The entire Board of Trustees is thankful for the diligent efforts of President Rutland and all of the faculty and staff at ORU. This university is and will continue to be a community that ‘makes no little plans here,’” said Green.