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OC Remembers Impact of Former Leaders

The OC community mourns the loss of Bob Rowland, who served the university from 1971 to 1990.

Rowland was president of OC’s American Citizenship Center, then served as executive director of Enterprise Square USA. He passed away on January 17.

Although he retired in 1990, Rowland would look back at the impact of Enterprise Square on economic education with a special pride.

Enterprise Square opened in 1982, offering economic education and history in a unique venue. When educators brought classes to the center, students often were tested before and after their visit.

“We would see those scores jump from a 25 to 30 percentile average to a 65 to 70 percentile, doubling their scores nearly every time,” he said. “That was a great source of satisfaction.”

Prior to coming to OC, Rowland served as president of Columbia Christian College in Portland, Oregon, from 1959 to 1968. He also did mission work in Alaska, helping establish congregations in Juneau and Sitka, and served as an elder at Quail Springs Church of Christ in Oklahoma City.

The Rowland Endowed Scholarship Fund at Oklahoma Christian assists students from the northwest pursuing a Christian education.

Oklahoma Christian also recently lost Dr. Bill Kirk. OC’s dean of students from 1962 to 1965, Dr. Kirk passed away on April 8.

He played a significant role in the early years when Oklahoma Christian was expanding from a junior to a senior college.

He chaired one of the key committees in the school’s self-study, which led to accreditation by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

He also taught classes and coached tennis in 1963-64.

He went on to serve as president of Christian College of the Southwest in Dallas and was one of the first Christian psychologists in Dallas, where he was a pioneer in family counseling.