New administrative team announced

Dr. Loren Gresham, President of Southern Nazarene University (SNU), has announced the newly appointed administrative team members as follows:
Provost: Dr. Mary Jones
Vice President for University Advancement and Church Relations: Dr. Terry Toler
Vice President for Enrollment Management: Mr. Mike Redwine
Vice President for Student Development: Dr. Scott Strawn

The naming of the new Administrative officers also came with an announcement of some office structural changes. University Advancement and Church Relations have now been combined under the leadership of the VP for University Advancement and Church Relations. The VP for Enrollment Management will give leadership to the offices of Admissions, Financial Aid and Registrar.

“I am very excited about the days ahead at SNU and look forward with great anticipation to working with this new Administrative team,” Gresham said.

Jones has been a member of the SNU School of Business faculty for the past years. She has made an immediate impact with her knowledge, spiritual commitment, and her feel for what needs to be done in Christian higher education. She previously taught business and directed the MBA program at MidAmerica Nazarene University where one of her accomplishments was enabling the MBA online program in the mid 90s, before current software was available. Her call to missions led her to the position of Chief Academic officer of Africa Nazarene University in Nairobi, Kenya from 2001 to 2006, where she gave leadership to all academic programs, student recruitment, and marketing.

Toler came to SNU in 2000, after serving for 25 years in the pastorate. During his pastoral career he served as a church planter, Executive Pastor and Senior Pastor. He has served in various church leadership positions at the district and national level. He is a respected songwriter and musician and has been a contributing writer on three Grammy Award winning recordings, a certified platinum album, and multi-platinum videos. His songs for children have been translated into many languages and are marketed internationally. His gospel songs have been recorded by some of the best-known names in Christian music.

Toler most recently served as the Vice President for Church Relations and gave leadership to the office of Admissions. In the new SNU structure, Toler will lead the offices of University Advancement that includes Alumni, Communications & Marketing and Development, as well as continued leadership for Church Relations.

Redwine brings a decade of college administration to this new position at SNU. He is a product of the Chickasha, Oklahoma community, it's school systems, and the Church of the Nazarene. He always considered SNU his home school though his interest in playing football in college took him to MidAmerica Nazarene University where he graduated as Mathematics major. He then served his alma mater in various positions including VP for Enrollment Management, VP for Student Development, and football coach. He left Mid American to become the football coach at Howard Payne University in Texas, then joined SNU this past December to lead the recruitment of transfer students.

Redwine’s education includes a master’s degree in Education (M.Ed), a master’s of Business Administration (MBA) and a doctorate from St. Louis University where he is currently nearing completion of a degree in Higher Education Leadership (Ed.D).

Strawn comes to SNU from Santa Clara University in California where he served the last four years as the Director of Residence Life. His fourteen-year career in higher education has also included student development positions at Sterling College, The University of Kansas and Seattle Pacific University. Strawn received his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Anderson University in Indiana, his master’s in Educational Leadership from Ball State University, and his doctorate in Higher Education Administration from The University of Kansas.

This team joins the President and current cabinet members, Dr. Brad Strawn, VP for Spiritual Development and Mrs. Donna Nance, VP for Financial Affairs, to complete the President's Cabinet.

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Southern Nazarene University is a private, four-year, Christian university for traditional students, graduate students and working professionals. U.S. News and World Report ranks SNU as a Top-Tier University–Master’s in its report, “American’s Best Colleges.” Founded in 1899, SNU is located on a more than 200-acre campus situated on the western edge of Oklahoma City in Bethany, OK. Southern Nazarene University educates students for responsible Christian living within the context of the liberal arts, selected professional and graduate studies, a Wesleyan-holiness theological perspective, and a cross-cultural community life.