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Watson named director of Alumni Relations

Wednesday, July 16, 2008   (0 Comments)
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Oklahoma Christian University (OC) has named Katy Watson director of Alumni Relations. She is taking the helm from former director, Michael Mitchell, who will now be working with OC’s College of Professional Studies in a fundraising capacity.

A 2003 OC graduate, Watson has worked for OC since 2003 in the student life and admission offices. Most recently she served as an admissions counselor recruiting students to attend OC. She holds a bachelor of science in liberal studies with an emphasis in business and is currently completing an M.A. in conflict resolution and reconciliation at Abilene Christian University.

“I am thrilled to now be overseeing the connection between OC grads and the university,” Watson said. “We hope to continue to improve the relationship and offerings we have with all our alumni.”

Watson will oversee projects including VISION magazine, homecoming and Family Fun Night.

In his new role, Mitchell will work closely with the leadership of OC’s schools of business, education and engineering to assist them in the development and execution of their fundraising strategies. He will also work with individual donors to help find connections between their charitable interests and the mission of the University. In addition to those duties, Mitchell will also focus on growing the OC Associates program to raise additional dollars for student scholarships. Mitchell is a 2004 OC graduate with a bachelor’s of business administration and holds a master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Oklahoma.

In addition to the changes in leadership, the alumni office has also added a new team member. Amy Gower has joined the staff as the coordinator for alumni relations. A former teacher’s aide, she worked with pre-K students in the Piedmont school system for many years.

“Katy brings abundant energy, proven relationship skills, and practical wisdom to the director’s role.  She and Amy will be building on a wonderful foundation prepared by the great efforts of her predecessors, Michael Mitchell and Stephen Eck,” Vice President for Advancement John deSteiguer said.” “Michael’s move to his advancement role is very positive for the College of Professional Studies and the University overall, and his continued involvement with alumni efforts is a win-win for everybody!”

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