Bob Smith


How many lives did the late Bob Smith touch through his 25-year administrative career at Oklahoma Christian University? The numbers are amazing.

As Dean of Admissions and Records from 1970 to 1987, Bob led the university’s recruitment effort and was responsible for duties of records maintenance and registration.

Bob developed innovative and aggressive recruiting techniques to bring students to campus for a Christian education. He signed up 15,639 applicants and enrolled nearly 11,000 of them.

Among many innovations, he developed a recruitment plan that organized assignments by zip codes, developed a computer program to track prospects, organized the Summer Singers to travel to camps and banquets and sent out student envoys to assist in recruiting.

Later, as Vice President of Administrative Services, Bob oversaw curriculum and records, plus academic advisement and institutional research. He coordinated 195 separate semester enrollments, planned and oversaw 69 commencement programs and audited the degrees of 6,005 graduates over the years. In addition to his administrative duties, he taught a religious education course for a couple of years and was active in the Oklahoma City area as both a preacher and elder.

But the numbers are only a part of the impact. The personal faith and genuine love for God continue in the lives he touched.