Huntsville, Alabama: On October 18, 2016, members of the Oakwood University Board of Trustees met to discuss and receive reports concerning the growth of the 120-year-old educational institution at its fall board meeting. Chaired by Dan Jackson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America, the board of trustees meets twice per year, and includes leadership from the Seventh-day Adventist Church's World Headquarters, local conferences and unions, as well as lay members. Oakwood University became a part of the NAD last year.
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The meeting began with a devotional message by Dedrick Blue, D.Min., dean of the School of Religion, who based his remarks on 2 Timothy 4, emphasizing the call to engaged action for board members in their deliberations.
The board recognized several individuals who are leaving the board for various reasons, and welcomed new members and institutional representatives.
During the presidents report, Leslie N. Pollard, Ph.D., reported that 403 students graduated in May 2016. He also shared that Oakwood saw an enrollment increase in full-time students. In addition, three other topics of interest were shared.
The Biblical Foundations Institute was discussed, along with its primary goals and explanation of how this transformational program will assist Oakwood faculty in making sure our mission of the delivery of biblically-based education is fulfilled.
Return to industry — The president spoke to the board regarding the return to our roots and industry. A video was shared that shows how a sister Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) uses a farm industry to assist students in paying for their education. The president expressed the administration's desire to explore this possibility for the Oakwood campus.
Plans were presented for the 120th anniversary celebration, scheduled for November 9-12, 2016.
Updates on the Healthy Campus 2020 initiative, the Community Action Clinic, and the Health and Wellness Center, and their timelines for implementation and completion, were also given.
Other reports named 12 new faculty members and 15 retirements. New programs were voted for approval by the board of trustees: master's degree in Public Health, a master's degree in business administration (with two track in leadership and management) and various certificate programs: phlebotomy technician, certified nursing assistant, pharmacy technician, medical assisting, dental assisting and medical coding.