Jurney Named Interim VPAA
Dr. Larry Jurney is filling one of OC’s most important positions on an interim basis this fall. At the request of President John deSteiguer, Jurney agreed to be the vice president for academic affairs until the new hire begins in January. “Dr. Jurney has decades of experience as an academic leader and a beloved classroom professor at OC and at Michigan Christian College, now Rochester College,” deSteiguer said. “He is the ideal choice to fill this important interim role.” While the invitation was unexpected, Jurney is excited for the new challenge.
“When he asked me, I was surprised at first because I had recommended other candidates to him, both on and off campus, for the permanent position,” Jurney said. “However, I really wanted to help the president get off to a strong academic start. I believe he is truly the best person to position OC for strong, Christian growth. I know he wants what is best for the university and for our students, and I am honored to help him do that while we search for the perfect long-term candidate.”
While Jurney appreciates being selected for the position, he is also thankful for improved health. Over the summer, Jurney had kidney transplant surgery, allowing him to stop difficult dialysis treatments.
“I feel better than I have in years. I am grateful to God for such a wonderful kidney and for the skilled surgeons,” Jurney said. “I look forward to helping my successor. There are several outstanding folks who will apply for the position, both internal and external.”
Jurney, who won OC’s Faculty Leadership Award in 1998, serves as chair of the university’s Department of Communication.
He has a bachelor’s degree in communication from Lipscomb University, a master’s degree in communication from the University of Tennessee, and a doctorate in radio/television/film from the University of Michigan.
He came to OC in 1985 to begin the university’s radio and television degree programs. Before joining the OC faculty, he served as an instructor and academic dean at Michigan Christian College, now Rochester College, in Rochester, Mich. Jurney has served Oklahoma Christian in a variety of ways, including his roles as the first director of OC’s Honors Program and as interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts. He is a founding member and former president of the Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association. He earned OBEA’s Distinguished Service Award in 2002 for his service and dedication to broadcast education in Oklahoma.
He also has had two fellowships with the National Association of Television Program Executives. Jurney’s honors include an Emmy for his work as an assistant producer on the documentary, “Dancing in Moccasins.”
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