OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Stephanie Baird will become Oklahoma Christian University’s new Registrar and Karen Driskill will become OC’s Associate Registrar on Jan. 1.
Baird will fill the post vacated by Mickey Banister, who is retiring after a distinguished career in education, including the last 19 years at Oklahoma Christian.
Baird is completing a dissertation in higher education at Oklahoma State University on the topic of retention and graduation. She holds a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts/communication from Flagler College and a master’s degree in higher education/student affairs from Iowa State University.
She served as Oklahoma Christian’s graduate programs development manager before becoming the graduate engineering program director in 2011, leading all business aspects of OC’s Graduate School of Engineering. She previously held leadership roles at Pepperdine University and Oklahoma City Community College and taught at the University of Central Oklahoma.
“We are so pleased that Stephanie has agreed to serve as our Registrar and help lead us into a new era of fully integrated and student-oriented enrollment services,” Vice President for Academic Affairs Scott LaMascus said. “Her advanced studies and her experience with graduate programs will be among her strengths as she works with OC students, faculty and programs.”
Driskill has worked in the Registrar’s Office since 1997, most recently as the registration coordinator for administrative services. She earned her bachelor’s degree and MBA degree in leadership and organizational management from Oklahoma Christian.
“Karen’s experience in our registration, enrollment and advisement systems is invaluable,” LaMascus said. “She also has provided leadership in the area of advisement and advisor training, empowering faculty to play a powerful role in mentoring students and helping them with their degree plans.”
LaMascus said Oklahoma Christian will form a task force in 2014 to begin shaping the university’s new “One Stop” enrollment services plan.
“Both of these leaders will be invaluable in that process,” LaMascus said.