Faculty

Director, MBA Program

Dr. Ken Johnson

Director, MBA Program

Associate Professor


Dean, College of Business Administration

Dr. Jeff Simmons

Dean, College of Business Administration

  • B.S. in Marketing, Oklahoma Christian University
  • M.I.M. (Master of International Management), Thunderbird School of Global Management
  • D.B.A. in Marketing, Nova Southeastern University

Courses:

  • Business Ethics
  • Global Marketing
  • International Business
  • Marketing Management
  • Strategic Management

Dr. Simmons views his calling to be one that prepares students to glorify God by being successful business leaders. To do this, he challenges his students to not settle for mediocrity and strive for excellence in thought and deed. Dr. Simmons’ experience includes much exposure to the international market through his travels; the time he spent living in Vienna, Austria, teaching business; and a brief stint at the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce.  

In his free time, Dr. Simmons enjoys spending time with his wife, Pattie, and his son, Jordan, as well as reading from several genres of literature and playing golf and basketball. He and his family appear to suffer from wanderlust, which means they often find themselves traveling. By the time his son was 8 years old, Dr. Simmons had taken him to 14 U.S. states and 15 foreign countries on three continents. Many of those trips involved Dr. Simmons leading students in study abroad programs or mission campaigns.


Professor of Accounting

Dr. Mickey Cowan

Professor of Accounting

  • B.S. in Accounting, Oklahoma State University
  • M.S. in Accounting, Oklahoma State University
  • Ph.D. (ABD) in Accounting, Oklahoma State University
  • Additional Ph.D. work in Business Education, University of Oklahoma

Mickey Cowan has more than 40 years of classroom and practical experience in the accounting field, including almost 20 years as a professor at Oklahoma Christian.

Cowan holds three accounting degrees from Oklahoma State University and has been a practicing certified accountant for almost 40 years. He has developed and taught CPE courses for groups such as the Chickasaw Nation, East Central Continuing Education, Kerr-McGee, the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Propane Dealers of Oklahoma.

He has worked as an auditor for Crawford and Associates, executive director for the East Central University Foundation, Inc., and consultant for Bridge Enterprise Consultants, LLC. He is a frequent speaker on ethics for various organizations, including the state auditor of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Society of CPAs.

He was named Teacher of the Year at East Central University and Christian Business Leader of Year at Oklahoma Christian. He also has been honored as a Friend of Education for Ada City Schools and Volunteer of the Year for the Rotary Club of Ada. He is a member of the OSCPA and the Oklahoma Ethics Consortium. He is a beloved announcer for Ada High School sports and has written history books on Ada High School football and basketball.

He and his wife Vauda have been married for almost 50 years. They attend Central Church of Christ in Ada, where Dr. Cowan is a frequent Sunday School teacher. Their son, Billy Jack, and his wife Stephanie have three children.


Professor of Management

Dr. Don Drew

Professor of Management

  • B.A., Oklahoma Christian University
  • M.H.R., University of Oklahoma
  • Ed.D., Oklahoma State University
  • Diploma, Armed Forces Staff College
  • Certificate, University of South Carolina

Courses:

  • Human Resource Management
  • International Business
  • Leadership
  • Organizational Behavior

Don Drew is a professor in the Oklahoma Christian University College of Business Administration. His current research interests are international social entrepreneurship, faculty work and motivation, strategic development and planning, and faith/work integration. 

He received his B.A. in Bible in 1979 from Oklahoma Christian University and his Master of Human Relations in 1986 from the University of Oklahoma. He earned his Doctor of Education degree in 2000 from Oklahoma State University, where he completed his dissertation work in expectancy motivation in complex organizations. He joined OC’s faculty in 2000 as founding director of the university’s Master of Business Administration program. He also received OC’s Faculty Leadership Award in 2004, and served as the Academic Director for Peace Through Business - Rwanda 2008.

Prior to entering academia, Don served as Secretariat to the Joint Chiefs of Logistics at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and as Senior Analyst to the B-2 Stealth Bomber program. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1994. He has consulted for various organizations, including Seagate Technologies, the Oklahoma Governor’s office, the U.S. Air Force, Silver Mountain Ministries, and various other for-profit and non-profit organizations.

Don is married to Marcia, Oklahoma’s senior insurance administrator for the Credit Union National Association and an OC alumna. They have two children, Lauren and Stephen. Lauren, a a 2005 Marketing graduate of OC, is married to Josh Hamblin, an Air Battle Manager for the U.S. Air Force. Stephen graduated from OC with a degree in Youth Ministry. Don and Marcia are members at Del City Church of Christ.


Associate Professor of Business Finance

Dr. Jody Jones

Associate Professor of Business Finance

  • B.S., Oklahoma Wesleyan University
  • M.B.A., Oklahoma City University
  • Ed.D. in Higher Education, Oklahoma State University

Courses:

  • Financial Markets and Institutions
  • Money and Banking
  • Principles of Management

One thing Jody Jones likes about his job at OC is that the atmosphere allows him to put his family first. “I enjoy helping students develop both professionally and spiritually,” he says.  When it comes to academics, he is interested in helping students with their university experience. He is also interested in school funding. Jones is a sponsor for the student organization SIFE, making him quite an asset to OC. He is married to Lisa, and has three children: Tristen, Beaux, and Belle. He attends Wilshire Church of Christ and is a college minister there. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting and fishing.


J.J. Millican Chair of Accounting

Elaine Kelly

J.J. Millican Chair of Accounting

  • B.S. in Accounting, East Central University
  • M.B.A., University of Central Oklahoma

Courses:

  • Advanced Accounting I and II
  • Auditing
  • Income Taxation I and II
  • Principles of Accounting II

Elaine D. Kelly is a Certified Public Accountant, and she is interested in promoting strong ethical standards in business. She works at OC because she enjoys the Christian atmosphere and fellowship. Kelly won the Gaylord Chair for 1999-2000 and has also received the Merrick Award for teaching excellence. She is presently the J.J. Millican Chair in Accounting. Kelly is a sponsor for the Accounting Club, and is the scholarship coordinator for OC’s College of Business Administration. She enjoys volunteering at the Special Olympics, and at the Edmond Library. She is married to Dennis, and has three children: Denise, Allison, and Kelsey. Her favorite OC memory was watching her daughter Allison graduate. Kelly attends Memorial Road Church of Christ, where she is a Bible class teacher, a member of the HIM mission committee, and involved in the finance ministry.


Adjunct Faculty Member, MBA Program

Lyle Kelsey

Adjunct Faculty Member, MBA Program


Professor of Management

Dr. Phil Lewis

Professor of Management

  • B.S. in Marketing, Abilene Christian University
  • M.A. in Business Education, University of Denver
  • Ed.D. in Business Education, University of Houston

Courses:

  • Ethics, Decision Making, and Communications
  • Introduction to Business
  • Strategic Management

Dr. Lewis studies, teaches, and writes about ethics and leadership. The former dean of OC’s College of Professional Studies, Dr. Lewis 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 & Holman. He is active in Region 6 of the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, which he has served in various officer roles, including president. He also is a member of the Christian Business Faculty Association. Dr. Lewis works at OC “to make a difference in the lives of undergraduate and graduate students” and “to impact the business programs for the future.” He enjoys traveling, stage plays, music, and reading. He and his wife Marilyn have two married sons: Brook and Blair. They attend Memorial Road Church of Christ, where he is a Bible class teacher.


Professor of Information Systems and Economics

Dr. Kimberly Merritt

Professor of Information Systems and Economics

  • B.S. in Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State University
  • M.B.A., Cameron University
  • D.B.A. in Information Systems, Argosy University

Courses:  

  • eCommerce
  • Information Technology
  • Macroeconomics Principles
  • Management Information Systems
  • Microeconomics Principles

Dr. Kimberly Merritt works at OC to make a difference. She studies and writes on computer literacy, user satisfaction, and curriculum development. She also studies data warehousing, corporate universities, and innovative teaching techniques. Dr. Merritt is in the International Association for Computer Information Systems, and the Federation of Business Disciplines. She is an elementary softball coach, and participates in competitive riding (speed events and hunter/jumper). She and her husband Michael have two children: Morgan and Miranda. She attends Sullivan Village Church of Christ and has been a Bible class teacher for 15 years. She also is a Ladies Day Speaker.


Professor of Economics

Dr. Ken Miller

Professor of Economics

  • B.S. in Finance and Economics, Lipscomb University
  • M.B.A. in Finance, Pepperdine University
  • Ph.D. in International Political Economics, University of Oklahoma

Courses:

  • American Political Economics
  • Macroeconomic Principles
  • Microeconomic Principles

Dr. Miller is a tenured economics professor at Oklahoma Christian University, where he teaches at the graduate and undergraduate levels and has been honored with the “Who’s Who Among American Teachers” award and the Merrick Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching Free Enterprise. His fields of specialization are applied public economics and public finance effects on economic growth.

He has served as the 18th State Treasurer of Oklahoma since 2010. As the state’s top elected financial officer, Miller protects and manages more than $22 billion of taxpayer money deposited each year, safeguards the financial health of the state, promotes responsible fiscal policy, and operates the state’s unclaimed property program.

Miller chairs the Oklahoma College Savings Plan Board of Trustees, the State Pension Oversight Commission, and the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Fund Board of Investors. He is a member of the State Board of Equalization, which certifies funds available for the state budget.

Miller is an officer in the National Association of State Treasurers, chairman of the association's 501(c)(3) foundation, and chairman of the National Institute of Public Finance at Pepperdine University.

Miller served six years in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, where he had 225 bills signed into law and led efforts to modernize state government and enhance transparency and accountability. Miller served his last three years in the House as Chair of the Appropriations and Budget Committee, where he guided Oklahoma through the largest spending cuts in state history while maintaining the delivery of core government services.

Miller’s fiscal policy experience in both the executive and legislative branches, combined with his credentials in economics and finance, led him to become an influential voice on major initiatives in areas of taxation, budget and incentives.

Prior to his election to the State Legislature, Miller served in the administration of Oklahoma governor Frank Keating as chairman of the Legislative Compensation Board, where he established a 10-year freeze on legislative salaries that remains in effect today.

Miller began his professional career in banking at First American National Bank before joining MediFax-EDS, where he served as financial operations manager.


Dean, College of Engineering and Computer Science

Dr. Byron Newberry

Dean, College of Engineering and Computer Science

Professor of Mechanical and Graduate Engineering

  • B.S.M.E., Oklahoma Christian University
  • M.S.M.E., University of Michigan
  • Ph.D., University of Michigan

Dr. Newberry is the dean for the College of Engineering and Computer Science and also serves as Professor of Mechanical Engineering. His main academic interests are structural analysis, mechanical design, and dynamics systems & controls. He belongs to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the American Society of Engineering Educators. He says, "I am an OC grad (1991) and I personally know the value of an OC engineering education. I want to help others experience that same success." He is married to Tamera (a 1990 OC graduate) and has two children, Isaac and Olivia. He attends Memorial Road Church of Christ, where he teaches both adults and children.


Professor of Marketing and Electronic Business

Dr. Kerianne Roper

Professor of Marketing and Electronic Business

  • B.S. in Marketing, Oklahoma Christian University
  • M.B.A., University of Central Oklahoma
  • D.B.A. in Marketing, Anderson University

Courses:

  • Consumer Behavior
  • E-Commerce and Online Marketing
  • Marketing Research
  • Principles of Electronic Business
  • Promotional Strategies

Dr. Roper enjoys working at OC because "the university is committed to maintaining a strong connection to the heritage of faith it was founded on." She also greatly enjoys working with her colleagues in the College of Business Administration. Dr. Roper has sponsored several student teams and projects, including the award-winning Lead Like Jesus team and the OC American Marketing Association. She and her husband, Randy, have been married for 20 years, and have a son named Riley. The family worships with Edmond Church of Christ, where Kerianne enjoys teaching in the children’s, youth and ladies Bible classes. She also has been involved in the Mexico Spring Break mission trip and the Quiet Place ministry. Her research interests focus on the use of technology in higher education and how it impacts student satisfaction. 


Professor of Marketing and Management

Dr. Burt Smith

Professor of Marketing and Management

  • B.S. in Marketing and Management, Oklahoma State University
  • M.S., Oklahoma State University
  • Ed.D., Oklahoma State University

Professional Designations:

  • Certified Marketing Executive (Sales & Marketing Executives International)
  • Certified Quality Manager (American Society for Quality)
  • Professional Certified Marketer (American Marketing Association)

Courses:

  • Marketing Management and Innovation
  • Organizational Design and Development
  • Sales Management and the Sales Process
  • Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Dr. Smith is the author of the book, The Great Game of Networking, and is an accomplished entrepreneur and recognized leader in the Oklahoma business community. He co-founded Executive Marketing Information, a market research and consulting firm in 1994 and later purchased the company to become the sole owner. He remains active in the business world to benefit his students.

Dr. Smith is a Certified Marketing Executive, a Certified Quality Manager, and a Professional Certified Marketer. He was the first Oklahoman to earn the PCM designation and is the only professional in the world to hold all three designations. He won national recognition as president of the American Marketing Association (AMA), and has served on the board of directors of the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. He was the founding Certification Chair of the Sales and Marketing Executives International, and is a board member for the National Speakers Association. He received a commendation for his work on Governor Frank Keating’s Small Business Commission. Dr. Smith is also a Champion Auctioneer and has helped raise more than $550,000 for charities, causes, and ministries across Oklahoma and Texas.

In 2008, the Oklahoma City Chapter of the American Marketing Association board of directors recognized him with the first-ever “Member of the Year” award at its annual awards ceremony. Dr. Smith is a National Chapter Excellence Award Winner, and was among 39 Oklahoma leaders honored in the Journal Record’s “Achievers Under 40” Centennial Class. His academic interests include: organizational design, marketing management, strategy, small business, branding, and customer satisfaction. Dr. Smith is the co-sponsor for the Marketing Student Advisory Council and the student AMA chapter. He says he works at OC “Because I love serving the mission of transforming lives!” He and his wife Terri have a son, Dalton. They are members of Edmond Church of Christ.

Visit Dr. Smith’s website and blog at www.drburt.com.


Associate Professor of Accounting

Dr. Dan Sorensen

Associate Professor of Accounting

  • B.A. in German and Russian, University of Nebraska
  • M.B.A. in Accounting, Vanderbilt University
  • D.B.A. in Accounting, Anderson University

Courses:

  • Accounting and Financial Resources
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Auditing
  • Personal Finance
  • Principles of Accounting I

Daniel Sorensen is a Certified Public Accountant with 20 years of corporate experience as an auditor, manager and director in accounting and information technology at Arthur Andersen & Company, General Dynamics, Oracle, Kelly Services and Toyota. His time at General Dynamics included a three-year overseas assignment in Germany. He taught Accounting and Finance at Rochester College in Rochester Hills, Michigan, for five and a half years before coming to Oklahoma Christian University in the fall of 2011. His research interests include accounting ethics and corporate governance. He and his wife, Karen, have two children, Rachel and Heidi. Prior to moving from Michigan to Oklahoma, Daniel and Karen worshipped at Plymouth Church of Christ, where Daniel served as an elder and as treasurer. Daniel and Karen now attend Memorial Road Church of Christ.


Additional Faculty Members

Charlene Conner, MBA, DBA - 10 years as College of Business dean at two universities; experience in private industry and government as Manager of Human Resources and Training

John Crocker - CPA and Accounting Manager at Tapstone Energy

Justin Henegar, CFPA, ChFC(r), CRPCA - Client Relationship Manager for Merrill Lynch, where he teaches personal finance

Don Hull - Professional business administrator and educator in the non-profit sector

Clark Jolley, J.D. - State Senator, 2004-present; Chair, Senate Appropriations Committee, Attorney, 1995-present; Administrative Law Judge, Oklahoma Department of Labor, 1997-1999

Chris J. Jones, MSEd. - Aerves as Director of Information Technology at the University of Oklahoma; adjunct professor in the OC MBA program

Stephanie Phipps, MHR, SPHR - Director of Human Resources for Mustang Fuel Corporation in Oklahoma City; adjunct professor of Marketing and Human Resources in the MBA program; also holds the position of Legislative Affairs Director for the Oklahoma State Human Resource Council

Alan McIntyre - Principal of ACM Services Inc.; helps business owners understand and benefit from best practices in business finance; teaches principles of business finance to college students

Charles Myrick - Full-time professor of business/economics for Oklahoma City Community College

James T. Noe - Accounting and Information Technology Manager for the last 25 years in business and government; adjunct professor for the OC MBA program

Casey Russell - A practicing CPA with his own firm

Ken Sperry - Maintenance Operations Manager for International KC-767 Tanker Programs with Boeing

Mel Stewart - Investment Advisor with USA Financial Securities; celebrating 25 years' experience in insurance, retirement, and dividend-driven portfolio management for domestic and international clients

Paul White - Senior staff attorney for Justice James Winchester of the Supreme Court of Oklahoma