OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) has named veteran administrator Terry Winn as its new executive director of human resources.
Winn comes to Oklahoma Christian from Edmond Public Schools, where he has served as human resources director for the past four years. He is certified as a senior professional in human resources by the HR Certification Institute.
He has 25 years of experience in higher education at Northwestern Oklahoma State University and the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.
Winn was USAO’s vice president for administrative affairs from 1996 to 2009. He oversaw a broad range of administrative functions, including human resources, student services, athletics, housing and outsource contracts.
During his tenure, he led a housing initiative that was named the Oklahoma Builders Association Project of the Year. He helped secure $13 million from private investors for the project and served as USAO’s principal representative on all phases, from financing to design to construction.
Prior to his time in Chickasha, he spent 12 years at NWOSU as director of public relations and chair of the university’s mass communications department.
“Terry Winn is a perfect fit for OC,” Executive Vice President Bill Goad said. “He is professionally prepared to lead in human resources and he has a deep understanding of the higher education environment. His experience as a faculty member, department chair, university vice president and HR director makes him ideally suited to serve as our chief human resources officer.”
Beyond his professional duties, Winn has been on Oklahoma’s Dispute Resolution Advisory Board for the last 16 years. He was a member of the Oklahoma chapter of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s Council on Student Affairs, and the Oklahoma Association for Affirmative Action.
He also served on the board of directors for the United Way of Grady County and as president of the Chickasha Public Schools Foundation.
Since moving to Edmond in 2009, he has been active in the Our Town Ministry through Memorial Road Church of Christ, assisting with reading and recreational programs for at-risk children. He previously served as a deacon at College Hill Church of Christ in Alva, Okla., and Southern Oaks Church of Christ in Chickasha.
Winn earned his bachelor’s degree in speech, journalism and English from NWOSU in 1983 and earned his master’s degree in journalism/mass communication from the University of Oklahoma in 1991.
Winn’s wife, OC alumna Tina Winn, is a professor of psychology and family studies at Oklahoma Christian.
“OC is on an ascending trajectory under the leadership of President John deSteiguer, so I am thankful for the opportunity to contribute some part toward the achievement of OC’s noble mission,” Terry Winn said. “For me, professional satisfaction implies more than a simple transaction. I need to be wholly committed to the mission of the institution. I have always been fortunate to have that type of professional situation, as well as wonderful colleagues, and I am confident that OC will satisfy this standard to an even higher degree.”
Oklahoma Christian has approximately 450 employees and almost 500 student workers on its Oklahoma City campus and in its Dallas/Fort Worth-based Texas Office.
Recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, OC offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.
For the last three years, the cost of attendance for OC undergraduate students has stayed the same, making Oklahoma Christian the only university in the state and the only reporting member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities that did not raise its total price. More information is available at www.oc.edu/value.