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Oral Roberts University

Oral Roberts University (ORU), based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in the United States, is an interdenominational, Christian, comprehensive liberal arts university with an enrollment of about 3,335 students from 50 U.S. states along with a significant number of international students from 65 countries. Founded in 1963, the university is named after its late founder, evangelist Oral Roberts.


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The university was founded by Oral Roberts in 1965 "as a result of the evangelist Oral Roberts� obeying God�s mandate to build a university on God�s authority and the Holy Spirit. God�s commission to Oral Roberts was to 'Raise up your students to hear My voice, to go where My light is dim, where My voice is heard small, and My healing power is not known, even to the uttermost bounds of the earth. Their work will exceed yours, and in this I am well pleased'." The first students enrolled in 1965. The school was accredited in 1971 by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It is also accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. Oral Roberts' son Richard Roberts was named president in 1993. In October 2007 Roberts took a leave of absence, citing a lawsuit filed by former ORU professors. Tulsa evangelist Billy Joe Daugherty and Oral Roberts were named executive regent and interim president of the university amid a widely publicized scandal and Richard Roberts resigned the following month. In October 2007 the school was reportedly "struggling financially" with over $50 million in debt.ORU's operating budget for 2007-2008 was more than $82 million. However, in the second quarter of 2009, the university's debt was reduced to $720,000 as of result of a number of simultaneous efforts including a $70 million gift from the Mart Green family of Oklahoma City and the $25 Million Dollar Matching Campaign, a part of the university's Renewing the Vision effort. On September 23, 2009, it was announced at the end of the university's chapel service that all of the university's long-term debt obligations had been met and the school was debt-free. In January 2009, the university's presidential search committee recommended Mark Rutland, President of Southeastern University of the Assemblies of God in Florida, to succeed Richard Roberts, which the Board of Trustees approved. Rutland took office on July 1, 2009 as the third president. 1963 - 2007 Ground was officially broken for Oral Roberts' university in 1962 in the southern part of the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The university received its charter the following year in 1963 from the State of Oklahoma and Oral Roberts University officially opened in 1965 with an enrollment of 300 students and with seven major completed buildings.Oral Roberts placed special importance on the Prayer Tower, even though the concept of a building specifically dedicated to prayer located at the center of the campus caused some considerable tension, as some academic leaders were afraid the school would be unable to receive accreditation with such a building. However, the tower, designed by architect Frank Wallace, was completed in 1967 at a cost of two million dollars, a further source of contention. After the tower's completion, Roberts called for a three-day period of prayer and fasting. At the university's dedication ceremony in 1967, the evangelist Billy Graham was the keynote speaker. The first partial graduation took place in 1968 and the first full graduation in 1969. In 1971, Roberts announced to the student body that Oral Roberts University had been fully accredited for ten years by the North Central Association, to which the students responded by lifting Roberts off the stage and carrying him around the outdoor assembly amid the cheers of supporters. During the first decade of the school's existence, enrollment increased at a rapid pace; also during this time, many of the campus' iconic structures were completed, such as the Howard Auditorium, the Graduate Center, the Mabee Center, and Christ's Chapel among others. The university built the City of Faith Medical and Research Center hospital, which opened in 1981, and started the Oral Roberts University School of Medicine in 1978, but severe financial difficulties with both of these institutions led to their closure in 1989. The O. W. Coburn School of Law opened in 1979. In 1986 the university "shut down its ailing law school and sent its library to Pat Robertson's Bible-based college in Virginia", which subsequently founded the Regent University School of Law.

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The Library provides information resources, services, and facilities that support the academic programs and meet the learning, teaching, research, and other informational needs of the University. The Library is learning and learner centered. The focus is on collection development, service, and the promotion of information literacy. As Dean of Learning Resources, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the University library, which is located on the fourth and fifth floors of the Learning Resources and Graduate Centers. The Oral Roberts University library exists to support the academic programs of the University. It is our desire, with the resources provided, to give you access to all types of media. You will find these media located throughout the library. Instructions are included in other portions of the Learning Resources Center Web pages. The library staff has made utilization of materials in the Learning Resources Center easy. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of the staff or come by my office, which is located on the fourth floor of the Learning Resources Center in 408S.



Michele Bachmann Minnesota Representative (from 2007 - current) J.D., 1986 from ORU affiliate Coburn School of Law. Scott Thompson Baker Actor, playing Colton Shore on General Hospital (ABC TV). David Barton Author and commentator. Doug Bernier Major League Baseball second baseman. Steve Holm Major League Baseball catcher. Todd Burns Former Major League Baseball player. Don Colbert Physician, public speaker, and author on nutritional therapy and preventative medicine B.S., Biology, M.D. 1984. Kenneth Copeland Minister Jon Egan (Desperation Band) Worship Artist B.A., Organizational/Interpersonal Communications 2001 Kathie Lee Gifford American singer, songwriter, and actress. Brian Graden Television executive B.A., Business 1985 Michael Graham Conservative talk radio host and author Ted Haggard Evangelical Minister Graduate of 1978 Kari Jobe Christian music singer Keith Lockhart Former Major League Baseball player. Ron Luce Founder / President, Teen Mania Ministries B.A., Theology, 1983 Dan McAllister Former Preacher, FBI Agent Convicted of Fraud B.A., Theology, 1990 Ossie Mills Media Expert B.A., Telecommunications, 1983 Keith Miller Former Major League Baseball player. Don Moen Christian musician composer Mike Moore Former Major League Baseball player. Richard Roberts Evangelist and former Oral Roberts University president, son of founder Oral Roberts B.A., M.Th., D.Min. Clifton Taulbert Author B.A. Ryan Tedder Singer in OneRepublic, songwriter, producer Haywoode Workman Former National Basketball Association player. Carlton Pearson Minister Kelly Wright General assignment reporter for Fox News Channel Joel Osteen Senior Pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas Bob Zupcic Former Major League Baseball player. Billy Joe Daugherty Pastor, Victory Christian Center, Tulsa OK. Television personality, briefly the Interim President of ORU Jared Anderson (Christian musician) Christian worship leader from Colorado Springs, Colorado Ross Parsley Former worship leader of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Pastor of One Chapel