In September 1971, Lois Exendine joined the Oklahoma Christian faculty as Assistant Professor of Education. In the 70s, 80s, 90s, and 2000s, Lois taught teachers how to teach. Although she “retired” as Professor of Education in 1992, she still made a difference in the lives of OC alumni for many years, serving as an adjunct professor who evaluated education graduates in their first year of full-time teaching.
Lois earned her A.A. degree from Sayre Junior College, her B.S. in Elementary Education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, her M.S. in Teaching from Northeastern Oklahoma State University in Tahlequah, and her Ed.D. from the University of Oklahoma. She served for many years as Chair of OC’s Education Division, and received the Sears Faculty Leadership Award in 1991.
Hundreds of alumni think fondly of Lois as a “teacher’s teacher,” a mentor, a friend. They think of her as a woman who used her leadership skills wisely, who made the education programs stronger, who made the university - and the world - a better place. When one thinks of the many teachers she has taught, and of the thousands of students they have gone on to teach, one can just begin to understand the multiplied influence of Lois Exendine, one of Oklahoma Christian’s finest.