Mark Rutland Announced as President-Elect of ORU

Oral Roberts University announce the election of Mark Rutland as the next president of ORU. Rutland goes to work in July.
Rutland was selected following a careful process, said Trustee Board Chair Mart Green.
“We are confident that he will take the university to new heights while continuing to uphold the mission and vision of Oral Roberts University,” Green said.
The election is the result of a nine-month search process provided by Bruce Dingman of Dingman Co. Inc., an executive search and selection firm, and a presidential search committee made up of representatives from the ORU Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, alumni and students.
A presidential opportunity profile was drafted in April with input from ORU faculty, staff, students and alumni.
More than 130 names of presidential prospects were submitted for consideration. The presidential search committee met in early January to interview Rutland and recommend him to the ORU Board of Trustees.
Rutland comes to ORU from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Fla., where he has served as president of the school for the past 10 years. He has also served as president of Global Servants, a missions and evangelism organization founded in 1977. Rutland is credited with engineering a turnaround at Southeastern after he became president in 1999. The campus has undergone more than $50 million in renovations and construction, and enrollment has increased from less than 1,000 to more than 3,000 effective September 2008.
A Texas native, Rutland was educated at the University of Maryland and Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta. He holds a Ph.D. from California Graduate School of Theology. He is the author of 13 books and his 30-minute daily radio program, Herald of Joy, is heard in multiple markets. Rutland and his wife, Alison, have one son, two daughters, three grandsons, and two granddaughters.



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