Lyle Harms


When Oklahoma Christian’s Board of Trustees first pondered the establishment of an engineering program, Lyle Harms approached the subject with caution.

An engineer for many years with Conoco, the Ponca City resident knew what such a program would require in facilities, faculty and curriculum, but ...

“We got to digging into it, and it looked pretty feasible,” said Harms, a longtime member of the board.

He lost his hesitancy and began working in earnest to establish an engineering program at Oklahoma Christian. Lyle helped arrange a series of meetings including industry experts, academicians and administrators that ultimately resulted in the creation of the College of Science and Engineering.

More than a decade later, he calls it a “highly successful” program. The engineering programs are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and have attracted the best and brightest students from across the nation. The master’s of science degree in engineering at Oklahoma Christian has given students the opportunity to continue their education and become even better prepared for successful careers and service.

“I think our engineers have moved very well through the corporations they work for into responsible positions probably quicker than a lot of their peers have,” he said.

A member of the Board of Trustees since 1981, Lyle and his wife, Mary, were honored for their work on behalf of the university at the annual Spring Dinner in April 1999. In 2008, Oklahoma Christian feted Lyle Harms as an Honorary Alumnus of the university.