SHAWNEE - Oklahoma Baptist University trustees said Friday they have named a Missouri university administrator as the Shawnee school's 15th president.
David W. Whitlock will assume the OBU presidency on Nov. 3, replacing Mark Brister, who retired last October. During the past year, John Parrish has served as the university's interim president.
Whitlock is the associate provost and dean of the college of business and computer science at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo.
"I see now how God has been preparing me each step along the way to serve in this day and place," Whitlock said when his appointment was announced. "So I pledge to you today that I will be a faithful steward of my experience for the betterment of this university."
Oklahoma Baptist was founded in 1910 by the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma and is affiliated with the Southern Baptist church. The university has an enrollment of about 1,750 students from 39 states and 21 countries.