STOVALL ADMINISTRATIVE CENTER AT ORU UNVEILED
After months of construction, the newly named Stovall Administrative Center was publicly unveiled on Tuesday, October 23, 2012. The striking renovations were made possible by a gift from noted author, speaker and Oral Roberts University alumnus Jim Stovall and his wife Crystal.
“I had been looking for the right project where we could make a major donation when the idea of the Stovall Administrative Center came along,” said Jim. “ORU has been a significant part of my life and success. I am proud that the Stovall Administrative Center will serve future generations of young people from around the globe as they pursue their education and strive to make a difference in the world.”
Jim Stovall is largely known for his best-selling book The Ultimate Gift, which was made into a major motion picture. He is a former Olympic weightlifter and the co-founder and President of the Emmy award winning Narrative Television Network. His work to make television accessible to the visually impaired has led him to win many awards including Entrepreneur of the Year and International Humanitarian of the Year. Stovall is also known for his speaking abilities and has shared the stage with world renowned orators such as Jimmy Carter, Nancy Reagan and Mother Teresa.
The Stovall family was especially proud to have the newly renovated building bear the Stovall family name because of their long-standing relationship with ORU. Jim’s father, George Stovall, worked with Chancellor Oral Roberts and ORU for over 55 years. He and his wife Florene have always very strong supporters of the university.
The renovations to the former personnel building, which houses human resources and financial services, encompass both the interior and exterior of the building. The inside was completely upgraded including the addition of an elevator and a newly located main entrance. Expansive sidewalks were also laid to improve accessibility to students and the public.
“The ORU community is deeply grateful for the lead gift to make the renovation of the Stovall Administrative Center a reality,” said ORU President Mark Rutland. “Jim and Crystal’s willingness to invest in this building is a genuine endorsement of the exceptional education that ORU provides to students from around the world.”