The mission of the McBride Center for Public Humanities at Oklahoma Christian University is to engage and inspire students, faculty, and the community in outstanding programs that explore the interrelatedness of Christian faith and literature.
Through cutting-edge programs, initiatives to support students and faculty, and the involvement of our broader community in these endeavors, the McBride Center serves OC’s mission by promoting excellence and the expression of the Christian worldview in literature.
About Dr. Bailey and Joyce McBride
Oklahoma Christian University established an endowment for the Bailey B. and Joyce McBride Center for Public Humanities in 2004.
Family, friends and admirers of the McBrides funded the endowment in their honor. The ultimate goal for the center, which features the McBride Scholars Program and the McBride Lecture for Faith and Literature, is one million dollars in endowment funding.
"The McBrides have been heroes to many people in the university's history due to their love, service, and encouragement," said Dr. Scott LaMascus, now the vice president for academic affairs at OC. "This center will be a permanent legacy to the lives and impact of this amazing couple."
Bailey McBride was inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame in 2004. He held many key roles at Oklahoma Christian before retiring in 2014, including Professor of English, initial chair of the Department of Language and Literature, and chief academic officer from 1975 through 1996.
He served as director of OC's Honors Program and as editor of the Christian Chronicle, the only international newspaper serving the Churches of Christ. The university honored him as a distinguished alumnus during its annual Homecoming festivities in 2004. McBride's late wife, Joyce, partnered with him in touching lives and displaying the love of Christ throughout the years.
The McBride Scholars Program provides annual scholarships to outstanding OC students who embody the spirit of Christian university life at its best. The chair of the Department of Language and Literature, in cooperation with OC's Office of Financial Services, selects recipients based on their academic success, their financial need and their leadership skills. Scholarship amounts may vary from year to year.
The McBride Lecture for Faith and Literature brings nationally-recognized humanities scholars to campus to provide public dialogue and student interaction. LaMascus said the intent of the lecture activities is to provide "valuable, out-of-the-ordinary educational experiences for students, faculty, and the community."
"This is a wonderful compliment, but it is also a challenge. I have been personally rewarded by my role as teacher and mentor to two generations of OC students, and this center offers the opportunity to extend my work into the future," Bailey McBride said.
In 1956, a very young alumnus of Central Christian College arrived back on campus as an English teacher. Since that time, no single person has been more loved and revered by alumni than Bailey McBride. As a friend and mentor, he is legendary. He remembers alumni by name and knows their children, careers, and concerns.
Returning to campus after doctoral studies, Bailey and his bride, Joyce Warren, settled down to raise a family, model Christian living, and teach students. Joyce’s authentic Southern charms comforted many a homesick student, guided newlyweds, and encouraged young parents. Many adults first learned the 23rd Psalm because she has been a tireless kindergarten Bible class teacher.
Bailey’s career included nearly every role available to faculty at Oklahoma Christian, including Professor of English, department chair, chief academic officer, and provost. He also led OC’s Honors Program and The Christian Chronicle.
Bailey’s mantra to faculty members has been to read new books in the subject matter, regardless how many times they have taught the course. His love of important books and ideas has influenced generations of Oklahoma Christian students.
The McBride Center for Public Humanities celebrates their legacy by championing what they have loved and by nurturing Christian young people for generations.
The dedication of The Bailey and Joyce McBride Center for Faith and Literature is made possible by the generosity of many alumni, friends, and family who love these two special Christian teachers.
The McBride Center for Public Humanities
Oklahoma City, OK 73136