By Brad Crofford, Editor-in-Chief
University president Dr. Loren Gresham was unanimously given a three year extension to his contract by the Board of Trustees on Thursday, November 8, according to Dr. Melany Kyzer, Dean of the College of Humanities and adviser for The Echo.
The decision was made at a special meeting of the Board of Trustees and announced by Brad Moore, chair of the board, during the Board of Trustees and Foundation Board dinner that evening.
Gresham was first elected president by the Board of Trustees in 1989. He had previously served as provost, basketball coach, and a political science professor.
According to a university press release from 2009, after 20 years of service, Gresham was “not only the longest tenured president among the eight Nazarene institutions of higher education in North America but also the longest tenured President currently serving at any college or university in Oklahoma.”