Oklahoma Wesleyan University recently elected its sixth president, Dr. Jim Dunn, who officially took office June 1.

While many candidates were considered for the role, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously in March 2019 to elect Dunn as the next president following the retirement of Dr. Everett Piper.

Dunn is an alumnus of Oklahoma Wesleyan University and a former member of the Board of Trustees, having served the OKWU community directly in numerous ways over the years.

Dunn has taught at OKWU, Wesley Seminary and Indiana Wesleyan University and served in many leadership roles on boards within The Wesleyan Church. He is also a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He served as a local church pastor for fifteen years, and since 2016 has served as vice-president of church relations for the Wesleyan Investment Foundation, whose mission is to encourage and help local churches reach their next level of ministry effectiveness.

Before moving to Oklahoma and joining the OKWU community, Dunn and his wife, Wendy — also an OKWU alumnus —resided in McCordsville, Indiana. They have four children between them, Dunn has a son and daughter and one grandchild, and Wendy has two daughters.

“Wendy and I are honored to be appointed as the president and first lady of Oklahoma Wesleyan University,” said Dunn. “We thank God for the strong and faithful foundations we are standing on to build the next OKWU well into the future. Coupled with our excitement to return to Bartlesville, prayers are appreciated as we continue to rely on the Lord’s supernatural help and provision for giving leadership to the Oklahoma Wesleyan community and beyond.”

An inauguration celebration for President Dunn is planned for the fall, with more details to come.