SCU President Announces 2014 Retirement

Southwestern Christian University
7210 NW 39th Expressway, Bethany, OK 73008

 For Immediate Release           

 SCU President Announces 2014 Retirement

After leading the institution through a period of significant growth and expansion over the past several years, Dr. Ed Huckeby, President of Southwestern Christian University in Bethany, has announced that he will be retiring in June, 2014, at the end of the academic year.  “It has been an exciting, career-capstone experience to have been involved in the dynamic growth we have experienced since 2010,” Huckeby said.  In the past three years, SCU has almost tripled its overall enrollment, built new and expanded campus facilities, added an educational site in the Tulsa area, and developed a fast-growing online program.       

SCU Board of Regents Chairman, Enid businessman David Burrows, indicated that Huckeby has brought a new dimension to the institution.  “Under his tenure SCU has experienced tremendous and unprecedented growth,” said Burrows.  “We all dreamed growth was possible, but we knew the actuality of dreams requires hard work and leadership.”

Huckeby indicated that he and his wife, Latricia, anticipate returning to the Tulsa area where their children and grandchildren live.  “In retirement we look forward to focusing our energy on family, community, and arts-related activities,” he said.  In addition to his extensive career in higher education administration, Huckeby is internationally recognized as a composer and conductor. 

Chairman Burrows indicated that a national search for Huckeby’s replacement will begin in the near future.

 Accredited by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Southwestern Christian University is a private Christian liberal-arts university located in Bethany, Oklahoma.  Since its founding in 1946, Southwestern’s primary mission has been to provide students with a Christ-centered education, equipping them for a life of learning, leadership and service.

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For more  information contact April Black, Director of University Relations, at 405-789-7661.