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Alumnus begins academic leadership role

Friday, September 7, 2007  
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By Jennifer Chambers

While new freshmen and transfer students adjust to life at Oklahoma Christian University, a faculty member is adjusting to her new role on campus as well.

Allison Garrett, Vice President for Academic Affairs, is an addition to the staff at Oklahoma Christian this semester. An Oklahoma Christian alumnus herself, Garrett graduated in the class of 1984 with an English degree and attended law school at the University of Tulsa. She continued her education at Georgetown in Washington D.C. where she received an additional law degree.

Garrett previously worked at Faulkner University in Alabama as a law professor. At the same time, she was on OC's Board of Trustees. She chose to come to Oklahoma Christian because she "loved being a professor, but also missed the administrative side of things, and it seemed like a good combination of academic and administrative roles," Garrett said.

Garrett has also worked for Wal-Mart, as both vice president and general counsel of the corporate division, and the vice president of benefits. Her office displays plaques from the places she has traveled in her field of work.
Garrett is now responsible for the hiring of faculty, helping oversee curriculum changes and reviewing the catalogs and marketing productions on campus.

Her plans do not include changes, only improving what OC has previously instated.

"I think as an institution, we have been reticent to brag about how great our university is. While I appreciate modesty, I think we can all work together to tell our story a little bit better," Garrett said.

During her time as an Oklahoma Christian student, Garrett worked as a tour guide at Enterprise Square. Garrett is ecstatic about the faculty, staff and students on the campus of Oklahoma Christian.

"The friendliness and work ethic of students and faculty just reconfirms that the university has a terrific future ahead," Garrett said.

Garrett's husband is still in Alabama teaching this semester at Faulkner's law school. She and her husband, Chip, have three children, who are in elementary, middle and high school in Edmond.

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