Oklahoma Christian University (OC) officials announced today that Dr. Allison Garrett has been named vice president of academic affairs. Garrett replaces Dr. Jeanine Varner who is leaving the university at the end of the semester to take a similar position at Abilene Christian University.
Garrett, who chairs the Academic Affairs Committee on the OC Board of Trustees, is an associate professor of law at Faulkner University in Montgomery, Ala., and has served on the curriculum, faculty appointments and strategic planning committees of that university. She is a 1984 honors graduate of Oklahoma Christian and holds a Master of Law degree from Georgetown University and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Tulsa.
“We are excited that Dr. Garrett is joining Oklahoma Christian University,” OC President Dr. Mike O’Neal said. “She brings great qualities to this position that will enable us to achieve our vision of becoming a premier academic and spiritual institution of higher learning.”
“I am tremendously honored and appreciate so much the confidence that Dr. O’Neal, the screening committee and others have shown in me,” Garrett said. “I am especially honored to follow in the footsteps of Dr. Jeanine Varner, Dr. Bailey McBride and Dr. Stafford North who have done so much for Oklahoma Christian over the years. Through the work of incredibly talented faculty and students, and the Lord’s blessings, OC has achieved great things. I am eager to be a part of its exciting future.”
Prior to her present position at Faulkner, Garrett was with Wal-Mart, Stores, Inc., of Bentonville, Ark., from 1994 to 2004 where she served in several senior-level positions including vice president, benefits compliance and planning. From 1988 to 1991, she was a staff attorney with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. She began her career as an attorney with Pray, Walker, Jackman, Williamson & Marlar in Tulsa in 1986.
Garrett is a member of the Oklahoma and Arkansas bar associations and is frequently quoted in national media as an expert on corporate governance, securities and ERISA. She is a popular seminar speaker and the author of many publications including A Comparison of United States and United Kingdom Approaches to Board Structure. She has held key positions in professional organizations including the American Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, and the Arkansas Bar Association.
Garrett and her husband, Justin, have three children, Ethan, Victoria and Noah. She plans to begin her career at Oklahoma Christian University no later than July 1.