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February 2020

Pastors Forum Brings Board Effectiveness Expert to Campus

On Monday, March 9, 2020 the Resource Center for Pastoral Leadership at SNU (RCPL) is presenting the Spring Pastors Forum on the campus of SNU – and live streamed – featuring Kent Stroman.

From 9:00AM to noon CST, Stroman will address Why Your Board Doesn’t Work…and How to Fix It, from his new book, The Intentional Board.

Kent has served on numerous boards and leads board retreats throughout the country. He is a partner in the prestigious Alliance for Board Effectiveness, which is committed to excellence in governance. Kent’s observation of accidental boards over the years has led to his passion for intentionality in board service and governance. Additionally, he will interweave his fund-raising expertise into his presentation. Kent is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), BoardSource-trained governance consultant, Sarkeys Foundation-approved retreat facilitator, and serves as an adjunct consultant for the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits.

Additionally, a bonus session is being offered in the afternoon, from 1:30 – 2:30PM CST.

Shepherd’s Fold Ministries Director, Dr. Brent Van Hook’s session, titled Your Best 8,000 Days!, will focus on Clergy Retirement Years: Long-Term Well-Being.

The first ever research project of retired ministers across multiple denominations was completed in 2019, commissioned by Shepherd's Fold Ministries. The project learned the most impactful issues related to ministers age 67+ related to social, spiritual, physical, and financial health.

Regardless of your age or ministry status, this session can help you identify the key elements of long-term well-being and ministry. Dr. Van Hook will present a summary of the project findings plus new programs being developed to address these issues. Americans live an average of 22 years, or 8,000 days, in their "retirement years". Address the key elements of long-term well-being in your life and ministry and let your next 8,000 days be your best 8,000 days!

Register now and get both sessions for the low cost of $20 per person. Life-Long Learning credits for both sessions will be available for Nazarene clergy. Attend the presentation on campus, or at a host site (see host site list when you register) or register for access to the live stream on your personal computer or other viewing device.

Learn more about the Resource Center for Pastoral Leadership at SNU and access free resources.

SNU’S Doctor of Education in Administration and Leadership Goes Online!

This summer, SNU’s Doctor of Education in Administration and Leadership (DEAL) will launch its fourth cohort – with the distinction of being online! Mirroring the same format as the face to face program, with an embedded dissertation to be completed by the end of the 32-month program, this online cohort begins with a weekend of orientation and start of two courses, July 10-12, 2020. Distinctive to SNU’s DEAL program, each cohort has a Dissertation Director working with students individually on the development of the topic and writing progress of their dissertations. Students will benefit greatly from the excellent online courses, as well as the support, encouragement and direction of their Dissertation Director.

Dr. Stephoni Case, program director, said, “The online offering of DEAL will be a strong and positive opportunity for those who want to earn a terminal degree and prefer to do coursework in an online format. The instructors and dissertation support will still reflect the highest of standards included in our face-to-face doctoral program.” Dr. Case added, “I am thankful for the opportunity to extend the reach of SNU DEAL to even more learners.”


Although the program is available as 'fully online' - there will be three optional opportunities to stay on campus and meet cohort members face to face over long weekends; as the program begins, at the time of the research proposal and for the dissertation defense. Regardless, students will engage with their instructors and receive personal advising and coaching throughout the program. All students will engage in meaningful research and apply their coursework to the process for a strong and positive experience that will help them reach personal and academic goals.

"Decades of serving adult learners and helping them achieve their educational goals has shown us their unique needs to be successful in their journey of higher education," said SNU President Keith Newman. "2020 marks a major milestone for SNU as we offer our first online doctoral program, enabling busy working adults to earn a terminal degree, regardless of their stage in life or geographic location. We envision hundreds and hundreds of SNU graduates of this program serving their communities with passion and purpose."

Dr. Case added, “We want to hear from anyone ready to begin this academic journey. God has guided us to this point, and we want to honor him with our efforts to build this degree program on faith. Come join this exciting online cohort and reach your career goals!”

Learn more about the DEAL at SNU and how to apply

SNU Receives Reaffirmation of Accreditation

Recently, Southern Nazarene University hosted a team from the Higher Learning Commission who reviewed measures of educational quality and operational integrity of the university on behalf of the US Department of Education. Their visit resulted in a reaffirmation of accreditation.

Every decade the HLC conducts a comprehensive evaluation of the university to reaffirm that it meets the expectations for integrity and quality. After the December 2019 review, the HLC reported that the university met the expectations for accreditation for each of its five criteria. Importantly, this reaffirmation communicates to the federal government that SNU meets the standards to allow our students to apply for assistance through the federal financial aid system.


In preparation for this visit, SNU faculty and staff engaged in an extensive self-study and wrote a thorough report of its findings. Led by Dr. Dennis Williams, Vice President for Strategy and Innovation at SNU, many campus leaders contributed to the self-study and report, with the following playing a critical role in its construction: Chuck Chitwood, Tamara Dawson, Kim Rosfeld, Scott Strawn, Heather Clemmer, Misty Jaggers, Chris Peterson, Marian Redwine, Lena Crouso, and Gayle Kearns.

This team activated a number of faculty and staff across the university over a year ago to identify evidence that would clearly demonstrate to the HLC review teams that SNU operates with the expressed purpose of making Christlike disciples through higher education, that it conducts business with appropriate transparency and integrity, that it provides students with an education that results in learning the knowledge and skills expected of persons educated in their discipline, and that its finances and planning are structured to ensure quality operations into the future. Dr. Tim Eades, University Provost & Chief Academic Officer, shared that “we received a tremendously positive final report which praised the SNU community’s work throughout for making exceptional progress.” He added, “Special thanks to Dr. Williams, who led us so skillfully through this incredibly important initiative.”

Since its founding in 1899, excellence in education has been central to the mission of SNU. This reaffirmation of accreditation gives our students assurance that a degree from SNU will continue to be held in high regard when applying for graduate and professional programs and career opportunities, and our alumni, friends and donors will know that SNU is still making Christlike disciples through excellence in higher education.

Our Nazarene Heritage
Founded in 1899, Southern Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university - a service of the Church of the Nazarene. Located on a 40-acre campus just west of Oklahoma City, SNU grew out of several small colleges committed to educating people for lives of service to God, leadership, and reconciliation toward their neighbors and within the global community. More than 32,000 alumni work and serve throughout the United States and the world. Read About Our Heritage

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