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Oklahoma City University adds programs, looks to continue progress

Oklahoma City University is enjoying new leadership this year, several new programs and continued expansion. Published: August 22, 2010

This fall, the school will become one of only a handful in the nation to train child welfare case workers with its minor in child advocacy studies.

Also new this year is a Master of Arts and Applied Sociology degree in nonprofit leadership and management that will be led by Bob Spinks, longtime chief executive officer of the United Way of Central Oklahoma.

OCU's Meinders School of Business will begin offering a new leadership and scholarship program this fall, as well, through a $5 million donation from Chesapeake Energy. The program will provide up to $25,000 per year in tuition to each scholar.

Meanwhile, construction of the $9 million, 52,000-square-foot addition to the Kramer School of Nursing is under way and scheduled to be complete in January. It will quadruple space at the school and make room for 500 to 600 new students, Dean Marvel Williamson said.

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