ORU names new president

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Updated: 2/01/2013 9:13 am Published: 1/31/2013 4:37 pm

Dr. William Wilson has been elected as fourth president of Oral Roberts University.

Board Chair Mart Green and the Oral Roberts University Board of Trustees announced the election of Dr. William “Billy” Wilson as the fourth president of the Christian educational institution on Thursday during the school's chapel.

"The presidential search committee, Board of Trustees and I are confident we have found the best candidate to lead ORU to a bright and successful future while remaining true to its founding vision and core values,” said Green.

“Chancellor Oral Roberts founded this university on big-thinking and innovation. In this day and age where technology and culture are constantly shifting, Dr. Wilson’s global vision, experience and relationships will be a catalyst for growth and transformation.”

Dr. Wilson currently serves as Executive Director of the International Center for Spiritual Renewal in Cleveland, Tenn. He has forged national ecumenical coalitions with more than 250 denominations and parachurch ministries through the Awakening America Alliance.

“I am honored and humbled to have been elected to lead ORU at this exciting time in its history,” said Dr. Wilson.

“ORU is poised to globally engage students to hear God’s voice, excel in academics and go impact their world. We will continue to ‘make no little plans here,’” said Dr. Wilson.

Dr. Wilson also said he work to continue recent strides made to repair ORU's image after a string of very public scandals involving the Roberts family. The school eventually cut formal ties with family and began to climb out close to $60 million of debt.

"Trust is not always easy to recover, but we are committed to continuing to recovering trust. I believe we made progress with many, many people. We ask only that we are able to earn your trust and that's our plan."

Dr. Wilson was selected as the result of a nine-month search process led by the ORU Presidential Search Committee made up of representatives from the ORU Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, alumni and students. 170 candidates were considered for the position.

Dr. Wilson, 54, will begin at the university July 1 of this year.

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