Billy Wilson set to lead Oral Roberts
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Dr. William “Billy” Wilson of Cleveland was announced Thursday as the fourth president of Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla.

Wilson, 54, will begin at the university July 1.

There is no word on who will replace Wilson as executive director of the Center for Spiritual Renewal. The center was founded in 1999 by Dr. Robert E. Fisher. After Fisher’s sudden death in 2005, Wilson was elevated to executive director of the center and executive officer for the Azusa Street Centennial celebration in Los Angeles in 2006.

"The presidential search committee, board of trustees and I are confident we have found the best candidate to lead ORU to a bright and successful future while remaining true to its founding vision and core values,” board chair Mart Green said. “Chancellor Oral Roberts founded this university on big thinking and innovation. In this day and age where technology and culture are constantly shifting, Dr. Wilson’s global vision, experience and relationships will be a catalyst for growth and transformation.”

Wilson is recognized as a global influencer with unwavering ethics and strong business acumen, who has a passion for building spirit-empowered leaders to impact the world. He currently serves as executive director of the International Center for Spiritual Renewal. He has forged national ecumenical coalitions with more than 250 denominations and parachurch ministries through the Awakening America Alliance.

Wilson has also fostered unique global partnerships through Empowered 21 — an initiative launched at ORU that brings together ministry leaders, scholars and next generation voices from the spirit-empowered movement. Empowered 21 expanded exponentially and today influences nations through 12 regional cabinets with significant ministry leaders. He served as executive officer for the Azusa Street Centennial held in Los Angeles in 2006, which drew more than 50,000 people from 112 nations.

“I am honored and humbled to have been elected to lead ORU at this exciting time in its history,” Wilson said. “I am committed to increasing global access to our excellent, whole-person education that has prepared over 38,000 alumni to be world-changers in business, medicine, arts, ministry and beyond.

“ORU is poised to globally engage students to hear God’s voice, excel in academics and go impact their world. We will continue to ‘make no little plans here,’” said Wilson.

A native of Owensboro, Ky., Wilson holds a bachelor of science degree from Western Kentucky University in Secondary Education. He also holds a master of arts degree and a doctor of ministry degree from the Pentecostal Theological Seminary.

He was selected as the result of a nine-month search process led by the ORU Presidential Search Committee made up of representatives from the ORU board of trustees, faculty, staff, alumni and students. The board utilized the expertise of CarterBaldwin Executive Search. More than 170 presidential prospects were nominated for consideration.

Oral Roberts University is a world-renowned Christian university located in Tulsa. Founded in 1963, ORU serves students from 49 states and more than 50 countries, representing over 40 denominations. ORU offers more than 60 undergraduate majors, 14 master’s programs and two doctoral degrees, plus NCAA Division I athletics.