Oklahoma Christian University promotes Drew to Associate VP

Don DrewOKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Oklahoma Christian University (OC) has named Dr. Don Drew as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate Schools, effective June 1.

Drew joined the OC faculty in 2000 as founding director of the university’s MBA program and currently serves as dean of OC’s graduate programs. He received the university’s Faculty Leadership Award in 2004.

“Don has been an effective leader in building our highly successful graduate programs,” OC president John deSteiguer said. “In this expanded role, he will help lead the university through the expansion and streamlining of all our academic programs and better target them to meet the long-term needs of our students.”

Prior to entering academia, Drew served as Secretary to the Joint Chiefs of Logistics at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., retiring from the U.S. Air Force in 1994. Following that, he served as Senior Analyst to the B-2 Stealth Bomber program. He has consulted for various organizations, including Seagate Technologies, the Oklahoma Governor’s office, and the U.S. Air Force.

“I enjoy challenges and I am happy to be able to advance the mission of Oklahoma Christian,” Drew said. “My primary focus in this new position will be to review current programs and recommend new ones, ultimately more closely aligning our resources with desired outcomes. This includes improving the assessment of students to better align them with job and graduate school opportunities.”

Drew will report to Dr. Allison Garrett, OC’s senior vice president for academic affairs.

“Don has done a marvelous job of growing our graduate programs over the past three years,” Garrett said. “This new role will capitalize on his strengths in program development for all our academic offerings while he continues to strengthen our graduate programs in business, engineering and theology.”

Drew received his bachelor’s degree in Bible from Oklahoma Christian University in 1979 and a master of human relations degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1986. He earned his doctor of education degree in aerospace management from Oklahoma State University in 2000, specializing in human factors.

He completed additional graduate level education in international business from the University of South Carolina and in strategic planning and development from the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Va.

Oklahoma Christian, named a “Best Western College” by The Princeton Review and “America’s Best University - Masters” by U.S. News & World Report, is a private, four-year comprehensive university.

OC offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study plus graduate programs in business administration, ministry, divinity, and engineering.

In addition to its Oklahoma City campus, OC has study abroad opportunities in Europe, Honduras, and the Pacific Rim.