The Edmond Sun

August 12, 2013

OC’s graduate schools to award degrees at summer ceremony


Special to The Sun

EDMOND — Oklahoma Christian University’s Graduate School of Business and Graduate School of Engineering will honor 57 degree candidates on Aug. 17.

OC’s annual summer commencement ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Hardeman Auditorium.

The Graduate School of Business will grant 43 master of business administration degrees to candidates from eight countries.

Graduates earned their MBA degrees in general business or in one of nine specializations: accounting, e-commerce, finance, health services management, human resource management, international business, leadership and organizational development, marketing and project management.

Fourteen candidates from four countries will receive master of science in engineering degrees from OC’s Graduate School of Engineering. The graduates specialized in electrical/computer engineering or in engineering management.

This class includes the 100th graduate in the history of the MSE program, which began in 2009.

Phil Lewis, dean of Oklahoma Christian’s College of Professional Studies, will be the commencement speaker.

Lewis’ business leadership experience includes work in retail clothing sales, management and banking. His consulting experience includes conducting numerous workshops and seminars for business, industry, education, religious groups, and government in the areas of ethics, leadership, organizational communication and strategic visioning.

He wrote the books “From Boardroom to Whiteboard: A New Generation of Leadership,” published by Tate Publishing, and “Transformational Leadership: A New Model for Total Church Involvement,” published by Broadman and Holman, in addition to four children’s books.

He also has written more than 100 articles and papers for various publications and professional organizations. He is active in the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, is a past national officer in ACBSP, and recently concluded a term as president for ACBSP Region 6. He also is a member of the Southwest Business Deans Association and the Christian Business Faculty Association.