Dr. Loren P. Gresham inducted in the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (October 15, 2013) – The Higher Education Heritage Society of Oklahoma Inducted Dr. Loren P. Gresham into the Higher Education Hall of Fame at the Twentieth Annual Induction Ceremony and Dinner on October 15, 2013.

Dr. Loren and Linda Gresham with SNU Cabinet members

From left to right are: 
Dr. Michael Redwine, V.P. of Student Development
Dr. Linda Cantwell, V.P. of Enrollment Management
Dr. Scott Strawn, V.P. of Business and Finance
Dr. Loren P. Gresham, President
Mrs. Linda Gresham, First Lady of SNU, 
Dr. Melany Kyzer, V.P. of Academic Affairs and
 Dr. Terry N. Toler, V.P. of University Advancement and Church Relations


As stated in the event program, “In his twenty-four years as President of Southern Nazarene University, Gresham has expanded endowments, opened the Southern Plaza retirement center in Bethany, established the Marchant Alumni Center, founded a student residential complex, initiated a multi-million dollar campaign for expanding the sciences and fostered a Center for Fine Arts.”

Gresham was also cited for his civic contributions in the communities of Bethany and Oklahoma City as a member of the Oklahoma City and Bethany Chambers of Commerce, President of the Oklahoma Independent Colleges and Universities, member of the Board of Directors of Integris Baptist Medical Center, and member of the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Oklahoma City.

Dr. Gresham becomes the third SNU faculty-administrator to become inducted into the Hall of Fame, joining Drs. Don and Joy Beaver, who were honored in 2006.

The mission of The Higher Education Heritage Society of Oklahoma is “to preserve the heritage and history of higher education in Oklahoma and to promote enhanced awareness of the higher education’s vital role in the state’s social, cultural, economic and education development.”

Dr. Terry N. Toler, Vice President for University Advancement and Church Relations states “Dr. Gresham embodies the best of SNU as a scholar and servant leader. His recognition by the Higher Education Heritage Society of Oklahoma brings honor to the entire SNU community.”

Southern Nazarene University's mission is to transform lives through higher education in Christ-centered community. As a Christian community of scholars, we model the hospitality of grace, the pursuit of truth and the practice of discipleship, all within the Wesleyan-holiness tradition, as we prepare graduates who THINK with clarity, ACT with integrity and SERVE with purpose.