ORU Announces New Director of Development

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday, January 15, 2018
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Stephanie Hill, Director of University Relations & Communications
Office: 918.495.7337, Mobile: 918.720.5548
sthill@oru.edu

Michael RogersTulsa, OK - Oral Roberts University is delighted to introduce Michael Rogers as ORU's new Director of Development. Rogers assumed this role on January 2, 2018.

“I’m excited to have Michael join the Development team and fill this vital leadership role,” said Laura Bishop, Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations. “He has shown his passion for education through his service on the Southern Regional Education Board, which focuses on improving public education, and by chairing the Oklahoma State Legislature’s Common Education Committee. He has also lived out ORU’s vision very well throughout his career—as a public servant, a successful fundraiser at Summit Christian Academy, and as a professional baseball player with the Cleveland Indians. I’m looking forward to Michael connecting well with our incredible donors as he shares all that God is doing in and through Oral Roberts University.”

An alumnus of ORU, Rogers was an All-American pitcher for the Golden Eagles who still holds records for wins and strikeouts, and is a member of the ORU Athletic Hall of Fame. He entered the MLB draft, being taken by the Cleveland Indians and playing two years in their system before a shoulder injury ended his career.

After Rogers worked as Athletic Director for Summit Christian Academy in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, where he helped build the program into one of the best in the state, Rogers was elected to serve as an Oklahoma State Representative, ultimately becoming Chair of the Common Education Committee.

"I am excited to serve as the Director of Development at ORU and work to tell the story about all the great things going on here," said Rogers. "ORU is a special place, and the opportunity to serve at my alma mater beside so many like-minded people is a dream come true."

As Director of Development, Rogers will interact with other alumni, donors, foundations and corporations to implement a strategic comprehensive giving program to include operational, capital, planned and endowment.

Michael is married to Krystal who is a 2nd grade teacher at Lincoln Christian School. They have three boys.