Forrester chosen to lead OC's marketing, communications

Risa ForresterOKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Oklahoma Christian University (OC) announced today that Risa Forrester will lead the university’s marketing and communications efforts in her expanded role as vice president for admissions and marketing.

Forrester, who graduated from Oklahoma Christian in 1996 with a communication degree, has served the university for 15 years. She led the university’s marketing office as a director, dean and vice president from 2005 to 2009, when she became OC’s vice president for enrollment management.

Her leadership in the admissions and enrollment areas has helped Oklahoma Christian achieve the five largest enrollments in school history over the past five years. OC’s 2011-12 enrollment was 2,193 students.

A native of Ada, Okla., Forrester earned her master’s degree in college student affairs from Azusa Pacific University in 2001. She and her husband Tim have a son, Cal. They are members of New Hope Church of Christ in Edmond.

“Risa is an outstanding communicator and is ideal to lead our university communications area,” OC president John deSteiguer said. “It’s great when someone who already calls OC home is just who you need for a critical role. I am confident that OC’s high-quality academics, Christian emphasis and personal approach will become increasingly well known with Risa’s guidance and the marketing team’s great efforts.”

OC’s marketing team includes Stephen Bell (director of web marketing), Judson Copeland (director of creative marketing) and Wes McKinzie (director of communications marketing), plus staff members Jonathan Curtis (design), Micah Domina (video/web), Rachel O’Donnell (design) and Nick Sayre (web).

The communications team is composed of Forrester, McKinzie and communication specialists Josh Watson and Dawn Shelton. They will spearhead OC’s public relations and media relations efforts and help promote Oklahoma Christian through video, social media and other web communications.

“I’m excited about the award-winning team we have in place to tell the OC story,” Forrester said. “We have so many wonderful things to share – the success of our students, faculty and alumni, their dedication to missions and service in the Oklahoma City metro and beyond, and the feeling of home we have on campus and in our community.”

Oklahoma Christian, named a “Best Western College” by The Princeton Review and one of “America’s Best Universities - Masters” by U.S. News & World Report, offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study plus graduate programs in business administration, engineering, ministry and divinity.

In addition to its Oklahoma City campus, OC has study abroad opportunities in Europe, Honduras and the Pacific Rim. For more information about Oklahoma Christian, go to