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Oklahoman Published: November 28, 2007
1963 — Oral Roberts University is built and is noted for its then-futuristic architecture.

1965 — ORU opens as a nondenominational school in south Tulsa. First buildings include a six-story learning resources center, a seven-story women’s dorm and two smaller men’s dorms.

1971 — The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

1977 — Oral Roberts claims to have had a vision of a 900-foot Jesus, who tells him to build a hospital and healing center.

1981 — City of Faith Medical Center opens.

1985 — Oral Roberts announces that ORU is turning over its law school as a "seed-faith gift" to television evangelist Pat Robertson’s CBN University in Virginia.

1987 — Richard Roberts becomes chief executive officer at City of Faith after the hospital’s top management quits.

1989 — Oral Roberts announces both the medical school and the City of Faith Medical Center will close.

1993 — Richard Roberts becomes president of ORU.

Oct. 2, 2007 — Three former professors sue ORU and Richard Roberts for wrongful termination.

Nov. 21, 2007 — Two students sue the school and Roberts for fraud, and a former accountant sues the school and Roberts for wrongful termination.

Nov. 23, 2007 — Roberts resigns as university president.

Nov. 27, 2007 — Oklahoma City businessman Mart Green pledged to donate $70 million to the debt-ridden university.


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