ORU Associate VP of Innovation & Technology Honored Twice

Thursday, September 7, 2017
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Mike MathewsTulsa, OK – Oral Roberts University’s Associate Vice President of Innovation and Technology is being honored with two awards highlighting his leadership in this transformational era of education. Michael Mathews has been named one of The Center for Digital Education’s (CDE) 2017 Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers. Constellation Research, Inc. has also named Mathews to its Business Transformation 150, a list of elite executives leading business transformation efforts around the globe.

The Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers list includes leaders across America who are transforming the education landscape through the use of digital tools. The 2017 winners were selected based on their efforts to improve education through effective implementation of technology-rich solutions, their impact on student outcomes, and their overall initiative, creativity and leadership skills.

“Our winners have shown an immense amount of passion and courage as they take on education in an era that encompasses rapid changes. They have demonstrated a unique ability to use technology as a catalyst to transform education at all levels and to have a positive impact on student success,” said Dr. Kecia Ray, CDE Executive Director.

Constellation Research, Inc. is a Silicon Valley-based disruptive technology research and advisory firm. Its Business Transformation 150 identifies the world’s most influential executives across a variety of industries. Each executive on the list demonstrates an understanding of how the business environment is transforming in response to digital technology; these leaders are actively preparing their companies, and in this case University, to excel during and after the transformation.

“Businesses are increasingly reliant on the leadership of executives who are much more digitally capable when it comes to transformation in the modern organization,” said R “Ray” Wang, founder and CEO at Constellation Research. “Traits of the Business Transformation 150 winners include a passion for productive disruption, a willingness to share lessons learned, a desire to achieve the art of the possible, and a strong desire to apply exponential technologies that improve economic, social, and environmental conditions.”

Mathews fits all of these descriptions, leading both ORU’s IT transformation and the University’s Global Learning Center (GLC). The GLC is changing the way students learn by incorporating augmented and virtual reality (AVR) in the curriculum, providing them with a deeper, richer educational experience.

“I’m honored to be recognized by these two organizations,” said Mathews. “We have a world-class IT team that is perfectly aligned with the vision of President William M. Wilson, and the progressive goals of the University, which make these awards possible. There is no other university doing what we’re doing. The global learning concept is not about a building but it’s about changing the paradigm of how we transmit education whether that’s at the GLC or anywhere on campus or even around the world.”

To learn more about both award visit these websites: