SNU Achieves Full Membership to NCAA Division II

Dr. Loren Gresham, President of Southern Nazarene University, announced at a press conference on Thursday, July 24, 2014, that SNU had received notification from the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II Membership Committee that they have been admitted to what is termed ‘Active’ status, which is full membership. With this achievement, Southern Nazarene University becomes the first private higher education institution in the State of Oklahoma to attain NCAA Division II membership.

Dr. Loren Gresham, President

Dr. Gresham stated at the press conference, “This marks the culmination of a decade plus long process to elevate the competitive level and the academic progress and graduation rates to higher numbers for our student athletes.”

Gresham added, “Much gratitude is due our entire campus for this accomplishment, especially the staff of the athletics department under the leadership of Director Bobby Martin. We witnessed a stellar team effort in bringing us to this place. As full members, we now can compete for Great American Conference awards and national NCAA DII championships.” As Bobby Martin concluded the press conference with prayer, he stated, “We all give thanks to God for the opportunity of influencing young lives for future Kingdom service.”

Audra Tope, GAC Associate Commissioner for Compliance; Dr. Loren Gresham, President of SNU;
and Bobby Martin, Director of Athletics

SNU celebrates this achievement, and is eager to support the Crimson Storm teams in the Great American Conference and the NCAA DII!

Southern Nazarene University’s mission is to transform lives through higher education in a 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.