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ORU Welcomes Additional Board of Trustee Members

By Chandler Elmore '14

TrusteesOral Roberts University is welcoming five new members to the board of trustees. These board members will help the university pursue excellence in every category-strengthening academic programs, upgrading technological capabilities and improving facilities campus-wide.

The new board members include the following: Anthony J. Guida Jr., Dr. Peter Kuzmič, Dr. Mike Rakes, Dr. David Ramirez and Dr. Vinson Synan.

Guida currently serves as senior vice president for External Affairs at the Education Management Corporation whose institutions include: The Art Institutes, Argosy University, Brown Mackie Colleges, South University, and the Western State College of Law. Guida’s responsibilities include oversight of regulatory and governmental affairs as well as public policy, federal, state, accreditation and other approval agencies. He will serve on the ORU Academic Affairs Committee.

Kuzmič is a native of Slovenia and a citizen of Croatia in former Yugoslavia. He is the foremost evangelical scholar in Eastern Europe and is considered an authority on the subject of Christian response to Marxism and on Christian ministry in post-Communist contexts. Kuzmič has been with Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary since 1993 and currently serves as the professor of world missions and European studies. He will serve on the ORU Academic Affairs Committee.

Rakes has an M.A. in Biblical Literature from Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, an M.Div. and a D.Min. from Biola University, and a D.M. from the University of Phoenix. He believes education is a worldwide language that provides the body of Christ an opportunity to share God thoughts with people far from God. Since 2006, he has served as lead pastor at Winston Salem First in North Carolina. His deepest calling is to bring renewal to the Pentecostal Church and empower women and the next generation. He will serve on the ORU Leadership Committee.

Ramirez currently serves as the Church of God world missions director for Latin America. He founded The Capilla del Valle Church, Quito, Ecuador in 2000. Ramirez holds a D.Min. from Asbury Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from the Pentecostal Theological Seminary and two honorary doctoral degrees. He is an international speaker, writer and professor on Christian global leadership, narrative preaching, church planting, and practical theology. He will serve on the ORU Academic Affairs Committee.

Synan serves as dean emeritus and visiting professor of church history at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va. where he previously served as dean of the School of Divinity. Synan holds a B.A. in American History from the University of Richmond, an M.A. in American History and a Ph.D. in American Social and Intellectual History, both from the University of Georgia. A historian and author within the Pentecostal movement, Synan has published many articles and nineteen books on Pentecostal and charismatic themes. He will serve on the ORU Academic Affairs Committee.

The additional five board members have increased the size of the board to 33, the total permitted by ORU bylaws.