Southwestern Christian University welcomed its new Provost, Dr. Connie Sjoberg, with a lunch reception at the North Dorm Conference Center on June 4. The University is putting the pieces in place to have a smooth transition when Sjoberg (pronounced Show-berg) officially takes over her duties.
An award-winning educator, multi-dimensional author, and presenter, Sjoberg replaces Dr. Reggies Wenyika who earlier this summer was named the University’s new President.
Sjoberg comes to SCU from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, where she had been an instrumental leader in the University’s growth and development for the past 13 years. She most recently served as the school’s General Education and Assessment Coordinator. While doing so, she continued to teach as an associate professor of psychology and assisted with the institution’s educational research and assessment strategy.
"Glory to God! I thank God for sending someone of the caliber of Dr. Sjoberg to join us at SCU. She is an astute higher education professional who understands the Pentecostal blue print for higher education,” Dr. Wenyika said. "Dr. Sjoberg joins a strong academic faculty where her systems thinking and leadership will help equip students for a Christ-centered Spirit-empowered life of scholarship, leadership and service.
“She carries with her esteemed credentials in higher education, a strong academic commitment to student development and success which make her a great cultural fit for SCU,” Dr. Wenyika said. “Her engaging personal style and demonstration of mentor relationships will make a transforming impact on our students, our faculty and the mission of SCU."
Sjoberg holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from ORU, and a Master's of Science in Counseling and Student Personnel from Oklahoma State University. She added a Doctorate Degree in Philosophy and Applied Behavior Studies from OSU.
She has 24 years of experience in public, private, two and four-year universities as teacher, counselor and administrator. In addition, she has served on the Higher Learning Commission Accreditation Committee for ORU for site visits in 2007 and 2012 while also assisting with the University Planning Council for planning and development for the University’s future.
Her husband, Don, is a licensed pilot and superintendent at Poteau Public Schools. They have one adult son, Nathan, who is a student at ORU.
The couple are professional musicians and often perform at churches and ministries around the region. They also enjoy travel and have made frequent trips to Europe for study.
Posted on Mon, June 9, 2014
by Justin Tinder