Respected Faculty Retire

Josh Watson

Three giants of OC’s faculty joined Max Dobson and Darrel Alexander in retiring this spring.

Dr. Dwayne Cleveland (70), Ralph DeBoard (68) and Merle Gatewood have touched the lives of thousands of OC students.

Dr. Cleveland, professor of education, mentored numerous students through their student-teaching experiences.

While at Oklahoma Christian, he received the OC Leadership Award and the Gaylord Chair for Teaching Excellence.

To honor his retirement, the School of Education created a special library collection of books in Cleveland’s name.

The collection features historically-themed children’s books.

DeBoard, associate professor of computer science, was a student at Oklahoma Christian in the late 60s.

He returned to teach in 1994, and he has led many student programming teams to impressive showings against much larger universities.

DeBoard also helped start OC’s popular Great Songs Chapel.

Gatewood, associate professor of language and literature, has taught at OC since 1972.

She has been an active leader, presenter and panel chair at the annual Southwest

Conference on Christianity and Literature, which she helped OC host in 2010.

Gatewood has guided hundreds of students through their presentations at national and regional literature conferences.

“These three colleagues and mentors have been tremendous contributors to OC’s academic and spiritual missions,” said Dr. Scott LaMascus (84), vice president for academic affairs, who studied under Gatewood. “Their dedication to helping students grow in wisdom and faith will be missed.” 

Spring 2013

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