Reggies Wenyika joined Ottawa University, Kansas in July 2018, and currently serves as Campus President and Professor of Religion and Education, and Lead Professor for Christian Ministries. Previously he had served at Southwestern Christian University as President from 2014-2018. Prior to his tenure as president, he held the positions of Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs with Southwestern Christian University (SCU) for six years. Before joining SCU, Reggies worked at a university, a church, a Public Health System, a corporate company, and the University of Zimbabwe’s Clinical Veterinary Sciences department.
Reggies has held several community and board leadership positions that include Vice-Chair of the Oklahoma Independent Colleges and Universities (OICU), Board Chair of Directors of the African Institute of Biomedical Sciences and Technology (AiBST), board member of the America Association of Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities (AAIPCU), Oral Roberts University Alumni Association, and Faith Community Churches International. He also serves on the City of Ottawa Planning Commission and has also served as a commissioner for the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU)’s Chief Academic Officers Commission, a trainer for the Diversity Commission and was a charter member of the American Council on Education (ACE) Chief Academic Officers. Reggies is also an Accreditation Peer Reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission and has been involved in other higher education initiatives in Colombia, Bolivia, Nigeria, Haiti, and Zimbabwe. Reggies serves on the Planning Commission of the City of Ottawa, the Corporate Advisory Board of the United Way of Franklin County and is a member of The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS).
He has travelled and given speeches on various subjects at various colleges, conferences, seminars and various churches and gatherings. His multi-disciplinary scholarly interests range from education, behavioral sciences, theology, and health sciences. He co-edited, Engaging Our World: Christian Worldview from the Ivory Tower to Global Impact; co-authored, Strictly Business: Soft Skills to Help You Succeed in The Hard World of Business (2nd Ed.). Reggies has presented papers at various scholarly societies and co-published in such journals as The European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care, Child Abuse Review, and The Journal of Public Health. He was also a contributor to the 2017 textbook, Child Maltreatment in Residential Care: History, Research, and Current Practice. An abstract expressionism artist, Reggies held his first solo exhibition in 2019. He also enjoys poetry, and six of his poems were included in the 2021 anthology, Blue Guitar: The Sound and Look of Creativity.
A graduate of the University of Zimbabwe’s College of Health and Sciences, Reggies also holds a Bachelor of Religious Arts in Biblical Studies; a Master of Ministry in Leadership; a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration; and a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration from Oral Roberts University where he was honored with the Most Outstanding Achievement Award for Doctoral Graduate achievements. In 2017, he received an honorary award from the Evangelical University of Bolivia, in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, and in 2020 completed the Oxford Executive Leadership Programme with the University of Oxford.
Married to Bongi Wenyika for 25 years, Reggies lives in Ottawa, Kansas. Bongi holds a PhD degree from the University of Oklahoma, and has worked as a journalist, Public Relations Manager, media development writer, HR and Global Studies professor, and currently consults for the Kansas Volunteer Commission developing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion curriculum.