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MARCH 2017

Keith Newman Elected President of Southern Nazarene University
Dr. J. Keith Newman has been elected by SNU’s Dr Keith and Mrs Carolyn Newman - New SNU President Board of Trustees to become president of the University August 1, 2017, following the retirement of Dr. Loren Gresham. Dr. Newman is coming to SNU from Indiana Wesleyan University where he has held administrative positions since 2009, and is currently the CEO and Chancellor of the school’s main campus in Marion, Indiana.

Following the announcement of his election, Dr. Newman said, “This is a day filled with so many emotions; I am privileged to be the next president of SNU.” He continued by saying that he had heard it said about Dr. Gresham, “Somebody will take your place someday; but nobody will replace you.” He added, “My hope and prayer is that Loren and Linda Gresham will continue to be very involved at SNU for years and years to come.”

Dr. Newman served the Church of the Nazarene for 17 years in pastoral ministry, many of those on the South Central Region, in Arkansas and Texas. Newman said, “I first became interested in higher education when I had the privilege to serve on the SNU Board of Trustees as the Regional NYI President.” “It was then that I began to get an insight into the inner workings of a university.” His career in Christian higher education began as an administrator at Mount Vernon Nazarene University where he served as Vice President for University Relations for seven years before his current assignment at IWU.

Having earned a bachelor’s degree from Houston Baptist University, Newman subsequently earned a Master of Ministry degree from Southern Nazarene University and a Doctorate of Education from Spalding University with a concentration in leadership. He also did doctoral work at the University of Houston while pastoring in that city.

Keith and Carolyn Newman have a son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter who live in Houston, Texas; and a daughter who is a 2014 graduate of SNU and a resident of Austin, Texas.

To read the official announcement of Dr. Newman’s election, visit

Dr. Jim Fitzgerald Named Chair of School of Theology and Ministry

Dr. Jim Fitzgerald will join the faculty of Southern Nazarene University as Chair of the School of Theology and Ministry effective July 1, 2017, assuming the position held by Dr. Hal Cauthron from 1995 until his retirement at the close of this academic year.

A graduate of Olivet Nazarene University and Nazarene Theological Seminary, Fitzgerald earned the Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University where his areas of study included Homiletics and American Church History. After ministry assignments in Oklahoma, Tennessee and Missouri, Dr. Fitzgerald pastored the Trinity Church of the Nazarene in Duncanville, Texas from 2001 until his appointment at SNU. He was ordained an Elder in the Church of the Nazarene in 1991.

Fitzgerald Family The Fitzgerald family: (L to R) Erin and Phil Cox, Anna, Jim, Liz, and Katie Fitzgerald.

In expressing his high regard for Dr. Cauthron, Fitzgerald stated, “I am so thankful for Dr. Cauthron’s service, scholarship and leadership.” “And I am grateful for his willingness to partner with me in this transition, and look forward to spending time with him over the next several weeks, prior to his retirement.”

With a strong commitment to strengthening connections with the local churches, Fitzgerald hopes to lead the School of Theology and Ministry to an even higher level of accessibility for ministry preparation at all levels. He also has expressed a desire to launch a strong recruitment program with an emphasis on connecting with Hispanic youth who feel called to ministry.

SNU President, Dr. Loren Gresham, will be introducing Dr. Fitzgerald to the South Central Region during the next several months at their respective District Assemblies. Speaking about the ten gatherings, Fitzgerald said, “my focus will be to listen to the pastors we serve and learn how we, as a university, can better resource and partner with them and the Church.”

Dr. Fitzgerald is married to Liz (Powers) and they have three daughters; Katie, Anna, and Erin (married to Phil Cox).

To learn more about the SNU School of Theology and Ministry, visit

Reza is New Campus Pastor of Missions and Service

Liliana Reza has accepted the role of Campus Pastor of Missions and Service at Southern Nazarene University. Liliana is a 2008 graduate of SNU earning a degree in International Studies and she earned her Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies at Nazarene Theological Seminary in 2012. She is currently working towards her ordination as a pastor in the Church of the Nazarene.

Liliana has been working at SNU as the Campus Pastor of Multicultural Ministries since August of 2016 and has been an integral part of planning this year's SNU in Missions (SIMS) Trips. Before coming to SNU, she served as a Missionary on Specialized Assignment in South America for the Church of the Nazarene. She has also served in the offices of Community Outreach and Hispanic Ministries at College Church of the Nazarene in Olathe, Kansas as well as a Nazarene Mission Corps Volunteer to South America in 2010.

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Liliana is filling the position vacated by Pastor Joel Mullen who has accepted the Executive Director position at Love Link Ministries in Oklahoma City. Pastor Mullen's contributions to SNU are substantial. For the last three and a half years, Mullen, and the Spiritual Development team, have been able to send almost 400 students and adults to do ministry in almost 30 different countries. Liliana has been working closely with Pastor Mullen this year and is continuing the good work of training and mission to which SNU is committed.

This year’s SIMS mission trips will begin in just a few short weeks, and funds are still needed for many of the 145 participants. To support the SIMS initiative, visit

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 training people for service to God and their fellow man. More than 32,000 alumni work and serve throughout the United States and the world. Read About Our Heritage