As the new academic year begins, Oklahoma Wesleyan announced the placement of three deans: Dr. Gentry Sutton, Dean Jessica Johnson, and Dr. Brian Epperson.

Professor Jessica Johnson has been at OKWU since 2013 as an assistant professor of nursing. This year, she has taken on an additional role as dean of nursing, after serving as interim dean since the summer of 2014. Previously, Professor Johnson taught at Northwest Arkansas Community College and worked as a registered nurse. Dean Johnson holds a Bachelor’s in Nursing, a Master’s degree, and is currently pursuing her doctorate in nursing practice.

Dr. Gentry Sutton, an Oklahoma native, will lead the School of Arts & Sciences in addition to being a new assistant professor of English. He has both Bachelor’s and Master degrees in English, along with a Doctorate of Educational Ministry. He has spent his professional career in higher education, beginning at Thomas Edison State College and then moving to Sterling College where he served in a number of leadership roles.

Dr. Brian Epperson has been hired to serve as Dean of the Chesapeake Energy School of Business. Previously, Dr. Epperson held the title of assistant professor of business, in addition to director of the Master of Business Administration and the Master of Science in Strategic Leadership programs at OKWU. He holds a Diploma in Biblical Studies, B.A. in Communications, M.A. in Organizational Communication Consultancy, and Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership. He is currently pursuing an M.A. in Professional Counseling.

Brian Epperson

Gentry Sutton

Jessica Johnson