Oklahoma Baptist University
500 W University St
Shawnee OK 74804
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Mission Statement As a Christian liberal arts university, Oklahoma Baptist University transforms lives by equipping students to pursue academic excellence; integrate faith with all areas of knowledge; engage a diverse world; and live worthy of the high calling of God in Christ.
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Contact Information
Contact Name Will Smallwood
Contact email info@okbu.edu
Address 500 W University St
Shawnee, OK 74804
Phone (405) 275-2850
Fax 405-585-5414
County Pottawatomie County
Alternate Phone 405 585-5412
How to Give
Donate with Credit Card https://www.okbu.edu/onlinegiving
Donate to Endowment http://occf.org/obu/
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer HOW TO GIVE TO OBU:

Oklahoma Baptist University
University Advancement Office
OBU Box 61275
500 West University
Shawnee, OK  74804
(make check payable to Oklahoma Baptist University)

Call 405/585-5412
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Online Gifts
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Volunteer Services Program
The Volunteer Services Program exists to enlist persons from the community to perform temporary, part-time, non-paid, volunteer work in the various programs and departments of the university. Information for serving as a volunteer at OBU may be found at www.okbu.edu/advancement/serve.
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $82,818,990.00
Projected Expenses $74,015,095.00
History and Background
Former Names
Year Founded 1910
IRS Ruling Year 1956
Mission As a Christian liberal arts university, Oklahoma Baptist University transforms lives by equipping students to pursue academic excellence; integrate faith with all areas of knowledge; engage a diverse world; and live worthy of the high calling of God in Christ.
Background Founded in 1910, Oklahoma Baptist University is a senior-level coeducational institution with an enrollment of 2,073 (Fall 2016). About 65 percent of OBU's students are from Oklahoma, while the other 35 percent come from 35 other states and 46 foreign countries.

OBU is located in Shawnee, a city of 30,600 residents, 35 miles east of Oklahoma City and 90 miles southwest of Tulsa, near the geographical center of the state. OBU's 226-acre campus is on the northwest edge of Shawnee just two miles south of Interstate Highway 40.

The University offers 10 baccalaureate degrees in 88 areas of study; four master's degrees, and an associate degree in Christian studies.
OBU's educational programs are fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the Association of Collegiate Business Schools, the National Association of Schools of Music, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the Oklahoma Commission on Teacher Preparation. Faculty to student ratio is one to 15, which allows faculty members to develop personal relationships with their students, enhancing the liberal arts experience.

OBU's campus is known by the school's students and alumni as Bison Hill. The main part of campus features 40 major buildings including the landmark Raley Chapel; historic Shawnee Hall; Geiger Center, social center for the University community; Mabee Fine Arts Center; Mabee Learning Center, a comprehensive library, media and learning resources center; Noble Complex, a health and physical education center; Recreation and Wellness Center (RAWC), a modern facility providing physical fitness, intramural, and recreation programs; W.P. Wood Science Building; Sarkeys Telecommunication Center; Thurmond Hall, which houses administration; Montgomery Hall (religious life offices); Bailey Business Center; Cargill Center, home for OBU advancement and alumni offices; and Jane E. and Nick K. Stavros Hall, new home of the College of Nursing.
Campus housing includes five residence centers and several apartment units. The  new student housing village has apartments that offer individual bedrooms for students in three or four-bedroom units. Each apartment includes a common living area, a kitchen, and two bathrooms. Each of the four buildings offers two safe rooms as well as laundry facilities. Building Four was completed and put into use in Fall 2015.
Impact For the 26th straight year, Oklahoma Baptist University is a "top 10" school in the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings of "America's Best Colleges." OBU is ranked third in the west in the 2018 rankings of "Best Regional Colleges." 

OBU was one of 127 schools to receive The Princeton Review's "Best in the West" designation for 2018. The list is based on the publication's student opinion data. OBU has been included in the listings for 13 consecutive years.

OBU consistently is ranked in the Forbes.com listing of "America’s Best Colleges."
OBU is one of three universities in Oklahoma and the only private Oklahoma university listed on Great Value College's rankings of 50 Great Affordable Colleges in the Midwest (25 public, 25 private).

OBU is the world's leading college in the number of alumni serving as missionaries with the Southern Baptist International Mission Board. This strongly affirms OBU's mission preparation tradition and long history of raising up young men and women for missions.
The new Jane E. and Nick K. Stavros Hall, home of the OBU College of Nursing, was completed and opened for use in Spring 2016. The two-story, 31,000 sq. ft. nursing education facility contains five classrooms, with a 30-seat classroom, three 65-seat classrooms and a 109-seat lecture hall, as well as a state-of-the art computer lab. The facility features six state-of-the art, high-tech skills simulation labs with 22 beds. These include a medium skills lab, a health assessment skills lab, a low risk skills lab and a home health and bathing training room. The building also includes the administrative office suite for the College of Nursing, a conference room, faculty offices and office space for adjunct faculty.
Endowment ($2,000,000) OBU has a strong endowment fund that provides scholarships and initiatives while facilitating growth and minimizing inflation. Additional endowment will strengthen student scholarships, endowed academic chairs and professorships, campus lecture series, the honors program, and the faculty sabbatical program.
W.P. Wood Science Building Expansion ($6,500,000) Strong programs in physics, biology, mathematics and chemistry have taxed the resources of the W.P. Wood Science Building. To house the newly established James E. Hurley College of Science and Mathematics, the University plans to add a new section to the existing building that will provide 11,000 sq. ft. of added space for much-needed laboratories and storage areas, while reconfiguring and enhancing existing classrooms and labs.
Ford Music Hall ($1,400,000) The primary practice facility for students in the Division of Music, Ford Music Hall has been part of the campus since 1951. The three-story structure includes piano practice rooms and space for OBU Preparatory Department classes and choral rehearsals. Renovation will include a new heating/cooling system, a new roof, a new card-access entry system, and significant interior renovations including updated furniture.
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Canadian County
Central Oklahoma
Cleveland County
El Reno
Grady County
Lincoln County
Logan County
McClain County
Midwest City/Del City
Nichols Hills
Nicoma Park
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City - downtown
Oklahoma City - East
Oklahoma City - North
Oklahoma City - NE
Oklahoma City - NW
Oklahoma City - South
Oklahoma City - SE
Oklahoma City - SW
Oklahoma City - West
Oklahoma County
Oklahoma City Metropolitan Statistical Area (all 7 counties)
Oklahoma - Statewide
Pottawatomie County
The Village
Warr Acres/Putnam City
OBU serves students nationally and internationally. About 65 percent of OBU's students come from the state of Oklahoma. The remaining 35 percent come from 35 other states and 46 foreign countries.
The mission of the College of Business is to provide quality Christian-based business education which equips ethical graduates for leadership positions in contemporary professional careers. It seeks to provide a foundation that will enable students to serve effectively in organizational positions and to assume higher levels of responsibility as they gain experience and demonstrate ability. its mission involves more than professional competence; it is to prepare innovative leaders with spiritual and moral values, purpose, imagination and vision for the 21st century.
To accomplish its mission, the College of Business maintains career-oriented goals to develop graduates who possess general, business and field-specific knowledge and skills.
Population Served General/Unspecified
Description The Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts provides opportunities for all students to experience the fine arts as an integral part of a liberal arts education. The curricula of the college offer strong professional programs in art, drama, music, communication, and theatre. The college's diverse courses and print and electronic media performance opportunities enable students to acquire a comprehensive background of artistic experiences.
Population Served General/Unspecified
The OBU College of Humanities & Social Sciences is composed of four divisions: Division of Language and Literature, the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences, the Division of Kinesiology and Leisure Studies, and the Division of Teacher Education.
Degree programs offered within these divisions prepare students for direct entry into a wide variety of careers. Many students also study in these disciplines as undergraduate liberal arts preparation for further graduate study in such professions as law and medicine. Faculty advisors counsel with students to help them select appropriate courses and plan programs of study to meet their particular career needs.
Population Served General/Unspecified
The College of Science and Mathematics supports degree programs in natural science, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics designed to prepare students for graduate study or careers, as well as spiritual integration that will provide opportunities for success in an ever-changing social environment.
OBU's College of Nursing is a baccalaureate program for the preparation of a professional nurse. The nursing faculty view nursing as a Christian ministry and as a professional practice. During nursing courses students learn to provide quality nursing care through competent practice. Upon completion of the program, the graduate is qualified to take the national examination for licensure as a registered nurse in a state of choice. The College of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science degree which combines professional education in theory and practice of nursing with a basic liberal arts education.
Population Served General/Unspecified
Description The mission of the Hershel H. Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry is to promote the intellectual and spiritual development of Oklahoma Baptist University students through a rigorous engagement with the classical disciplines of religion and philosophy as well as the applied disciplines of Christian ministry, all within the context of OBU's liberal arts curriculum. To achieve this purpose, the College of Theology and Ministry cooperates with the various academic departments of the university by offering introductory courses in Biblical studies and philosophy in the General Education program as well as a wide range of major emphases in Religion, Philosophy, and Applied Ministry leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree.
Population Served General/Unspecified
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director David Whitlock
Start Date Oct 2008
Email david.whitlock@okbu.edu
Experience A fifth-generation Oklahoman, Dr. David W. Whitlock was born in Purcell and graduated from Wayne High School. He completed a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Southeastern in 1984, a master's degree in business administration from Southeastern in 1985, and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Oklahoma in 1995.

Whitlock began his career at Southeastern Oklahoma State University where he taught for 14 years. He joined the Southeastern faculty in 1985 as an instructor of business, was promoted to assistant professor in 1991 and associate professor in 1996. He was named chair of the university's business information management program in 1995 and served in that role until moving to Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri.

Whitlock served on the administration of SBU from 1999-2008. He was the associate provost, beginning in 2006, and dean of the college of business and computer science and also was a professor of business at the university. During Whitlock's tenure as dean of SBU's college of business and computer science, the program grew in enrollment and earned recognition as a "top 10 Christian business school" in rankings of career placement and faculty quality, according to Business Reform magazine.

In 2007, Whitlock was appointed dean of SBU's adult off-campus programs. In that role he oversaw planning and administration of all the university's graduate programs and administered off-campus programs in three locations. From 2001-2006, he served as assistant to SBU President C. Pat Taylor for strategic planning, coordinating the institution's five-year strategic plan.

Whitlock has played an active role in international programs, working with educational organizations in the United Arab Emirates, China, Russia, and several European countries.

Whitlock has served as a bi-vocational pastor, has authored, co-authored or edited four books related to business fields, and has been a contributing writer for numerous works.
Senior Staff
Will SmallwoodVice President for University Advancement
Randy SmithExecutive Vice President for Business and Administrative Services
Number of Full-time Staff 330
Number of Part-time Staff 14
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 0
Staff Retention Rate 96
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 17
Asian American/Pacific Islander 2
Caucasian 315
Hispanic/Latino 5
Native American/American Indian 3
Other 2 East Indian
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 181
Female 163
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Yes
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 10
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
External Assessments and Accreditations
Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools - 10 Year Accreditation2018
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education - 10 Year Accreditation2015
National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education - Accreditation2012
National Association of Schools of Music - Accreditation2013
"Top 10" School in rankings of "America's Best Colleges"U.S. News & World Report2018
"Best in the West" SchoolThe Princeton Review2018
Listed as one of "America's Best Colleges"Forbes.com2018
National Championship in women's indoor track and field (7th national title)NAIA2015
National Championship in men's swimming and diving (4th national title)NAIA2015
National Championship in women's outdoor Field and TrackNAIA2012
Top Athletic Program in NAIA for 3rd year in a rowLearfield Sports Directors' Cup2015
National Championship Men's Indoor Track and FieldNAIA2013
National Championship in Women's Swimming and Diving (3rd national titles)NAIA2015
1st & 3rd place - Senior Women; 2nd place - Senior Men; 1st & 3rd place - Freshmen Women; 1st place - Freshmen MenMenNational Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)2015
Five-Star Champions of Character Institution (5th consecutive year)NAIA2015
Men's Outdoor Track and Field (2 national titles)NAIA2007
50 Great Affordable Colleges in the MidwestGreat Value Colleges2015
Best Christian Counseling degrees - ranked 10thBestCounseling Degrees.net2016
25 Most Affordable Christian Colleges and Universities in the West - ranked 3rdChristian Universities Online2016
Men's Basketball Championship (2 national titles)NAIA2010
College of Distinction, Oklahoma College of Distinction, & Christian College of DistinctionColleges of Distinction2016
National Baseball ChampionshipNCCAA2016
Men's Indoor Track and Field National ChampionshipNCCAA2016
Men's Outdoor Track and Field National ChampionshipNCCAA2016
Women's Indoor Track and Field National ChampionshipNCCAA2016
Women's Outdoor Track and Field National ChampionshipNCCAA2016
Board Chair
Name Mr. Stephen Allen
Company Affiliation VP and Associate General Counsel, ONEOK
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2019
Email stephen.allen@oneok.com
Board of Directors
List Current as of June 01, 2018
Board of Directors List
Mr. Stephen AllenAttorny, ONEOK Inc., TulsaVoting
Mr. Brad AylorPastor, First Baptist Church, OwassoVoting
Dr. Reagan BradfordPhysician, Edmond, OKNonVoting
Mr. Glenn CoffeeAttorneyVoting
Dr. Hance DilbeckBaptist General Convention of Oklahoma, OKCExofficio
Mr. Laverne DowdingPresident, BancFirst, GuthrieVoting
Rev. Andy FinchFirst Baptist Church, BlanchardVoting
Dr. Lance FordEducation Advocate for Cisco, HeavenerVoting
Rev. Bryan GilbertPastor, Brookwood Baptist Church, OKCVoting
Mr. Bill GwartneyRetired, Lifecare Health Services, Inc.Voting
Mrs. Danna HumphreysHomemakerVoting
Dr. Ingrid JacksonPhysician, Oklahoma City, OKVoting
Mr. Robert KelloggPresident, The Baptist Foundation of OklahomaExofficio
Dr. Eddie LakeyPharmacist and Owner, City Pharmacy/Sayre Professional PharmacyVoting
Dr. David LawrencePastor, Emmanuel Baptist Church, WeatherfordNonVoting
Mrs. Casey MerrifieldDoctoral Student, Elk CityVoting
Dr. Jeff MoorePastor, First Baptist Church, AltusVoting
Mr. Robert MorrisHome Instead Senior Care, BixbyVoting
Rev. Scott NeighborsPastor, First Baptist Church, SkiatookVoting
Dr. Joe PotterRetired Physician, MooreVoting
Mr. Ron ReiserPresident, RCB Bank, PryorVoting
Rev. James RobinsonPastor, First Baptist Church, DurantVoting
Mr. Don ScottMusic Minister, FBC, Nicoma ParkVoting
Dr. Joe SherrerPastor, First Southern Baptist Del City, MooreVoting
Dr. Ben StewartManaging Director, Investor Relations at Humphreys CapitolVoting
Dr. Denver TalleyOwner/Operator, Environmental Chemists, Inc.Voting
Rev. Mike TaylorFirst Baptist Church, AlvaVoting
Rev. A. J. TigerPastor, Silver Spring Baptist Church, Henryetta, OKVoting
Mrs. Sheri WagnerCashion Public SchoolsVoting
Rev. Scott WatkinsPastor, First Baptist Church KingfisherVoting
Dr. James WilderPastor, First Baptist Church, PurcellVoting
Rev. Lee WittHazel Dell Baptist Church, McLoudVoting
Rev. Jason YarbroughFirst Baptist Church, GlenpoolVoting
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year June 01, 2018-May 31, 2019
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $82,818,990
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $74,015,095
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Revenue$82,726,667$65,029,103$71,666,704
Total Expenses$73,834,967$70,013,699$65,112,185
Revenue Less Expenses$8,891,700($4,984,596)$6,554,519
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$270,061$269,695$270,887
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$5,211,517$5,686,223$6,285,177
Unrealized Gain/Loss$7,193,114($7,775,012)$2,518,124
Membership Dues------
Special Events($34,338)($923)($50,467)
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$64,877,257$61,101,988$56,739,953
Administration Expense$7,483,855$7,492,573$6,969,214
Fundraising Expense$1,473,855$1,419,138$1,403,018
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.120.931.10
Program Expense/Total Expenses88%87%87%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue32%31%27%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$229,752,236$222,866,198$219,244,219
Current Assets$1,405,793$1,955,722$1,973,337
Long-Term Liabilities$30,504,513$31,739,876$20,547,775
Current Liabilities$9,613,485$10,383,784$12,969,310
Total Net Assets$189,634,238$180,742,538$185,727,134
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.150.190.15
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets13%14%9%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $60,980,049Earned Revenue $56,586,711Earned Revenue $53,526,085
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountRealized & Unrealized Gains/(Losses) $7,193,114Investment Income $5,686,223Investment Income $6,285,177
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $5,211,517Contributions $4,624,795Contributions $5,104,213
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose The current capital campaign is to complete two projects from our original campaign.
Campaign Goal $18,000,000
Campaign Dates Feb 2015 to Dec 2018
Amount Raised To Date $8,846,610 as of May 2018
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next Five Years? Yes
Comments on Financials
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments Our fiscal year changed in 2014 from August 1 - July 31 to June 1 - May 31.
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from IRS Form 990's.  However the audited, 'consolidated' financial statements, includes OBU and Tulsa Royalties Company.  Tulsa Royalty Company files a separate IRS Form 990. 
Contributions may include foundations and corporations when the breakout was not available.
Note:  Per Form 990 for FY2016, OBU received $2,041,039 Insurance Proceeds on Page 9, 11a.
Indirect Public Support comes from the Allocation from Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma and Tulsa Royalties Company. 

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Address 500 W University St
Shawnee, OK 74804
Primary Phone 405 275-2850
Contact Email info@okbu.edu
Give with Credit Card https://www.okbu.edu/onlinegiving
Give to Endowment http://occf.org/obu/
CEO/Executive Director David Whitlock
Board Chair Mr. Stephen Allen
Board Chair Company Affiliation VP and Associate General Counsel, ONEOK