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President - OUKS
Professor of Education and Religion

Education
Ed.D. - Oral Roberts University
M.A. - Oral Roberts University
M.M. - Southwestern Christian University
University of Zimbabwe
University of Cambridge
St. Ignatius (Zimbabwe)
 
Dr. Reggies Wenyika was named president of the OUKS residential campus in July 2018.
 
He came to OU from Southwestern Christian University in Bethany, Okla., where he has served as University president since 2014. Before that, he was provost and vice-president of academic affairs at SCU from 2008 to 2014. A native of Zimbabwe, he moved to the United States with his wife Dr. Bongi Wenyika and his two children Thembi and Kudzai in 2000 and has worked in higher education since arriving in the US.
 
He attended St. Ignatius College in Zimbabwe where he earned his Ordinary Level General Certificate of Education and Advanced Level Certificate of Education through the University of Cambridge. He received a Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology from the College of Health and Sciences at the University of Zimbabwe and also received a Diploma in Ministerial Studies and a Bachelor of Religious Arts in Biblical Studies. Wenyika has a Master of Ministry from Southwestern Christian University, Master of Arts in Education Administration and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Oral Roberts University. He is currently working on his second doctorate degree, majoring in Theology.

Director of Performing Arts - OUAZ
Associate Professor of Music

Phone: 623-233-7547
Email: thomas.bookout@ottawa.edu
Education
DMA - Arizona State University
MM - Eastman School of Music
BM - Houghton College
Thomas Bookhout, DMA, is Director of Performing Arts and Associate Professor of Music. He also is Chorus Master for the Phoenix Symphony, where he prepares the Symphony Chorus for concerts throughout the year and has conducted them in performances in Carnegie Hall, Vienna, Salzburg, and Poland. He holds degrees from Arizona State University, Eastman School of Music, and Houghton College. Previously, Bookhout was Director of Fine Arts at Scottsdale Christian Academy, Pastor of Music Ministries at Camelback Bible Church, Music Director of the Taghkanic Chorale in New York, Chorus Master for the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Director of Choral Activities at the University of Charleston, and Director of Music at the renowned Stony Brook School. Additionally, he has served as head of a K-12 school and was a high school principal. Tom and his wife Jeanne’s family includes three adult children, two sons-in-law, and an ever-increasing number of perfect grandchildren.

Assistant Professor of Biology


Associate Professor of Art


Visiting Professor


Professor in Charge - School Psychology & School Guidance Programs


Director of Bands - OUKS
Assistant Professor of Music
 

Education
DMA - University of Missouri-Kansas City, Conservatory of Music & Dance
MME - University of Misourri-Kansas City, Conservatory of Music & Dance
BME - Northwest Missouri State University
Dr. Kevin Maret currently serves as the Fine Arts Coordinator for the Topeka Public School District.  Maret taught band in Missouri for five years and has instructed courses at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Grace University, Northwest Missouri State University and was the Assistant Director of Bands and Director of Percussion Studies at McKendree University.  His performance credits include the "United States Air Force Heartland of America Band" at Offutt AFB, Principal Percussionist with the Sioux City Symphony, and regular performances with the Kansas City, Omaha and Lincoln Symphonies.  His military band Sidewinder has performed on "The Ellen Show", "Entertainment Tonight”, "Fox and Friends”, and at the White House.  Maret has performed with Placido Domingo, Patti LuPone, Idina Menzel, and Tommy Tune.  His compositions can be heard in commercials, movie trailers and television shows.  Dr. Maret holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Northwest Missouri State University, a Master of Music Education Degree, and a Doctorate in Musical Arts - Percussion Performance Degree from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Professor in Charge - Public Safety


Associate University Provost
Dean of Adult Professional and Graduate Studies
Associate Professor of Human and Organizational Systems

Phone: 262-785-5136
Education
PhD - Fielding Graduate University
MA - Marquette University
BS - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Joyce A. Caldwell earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education—English from the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee. While working in a church in education and youth ministries, she earned a Master of Arts degree in Education—Curriculum and Instruction from Marquette University. She served as executive director of a non-profit organization for twelve years, developing resources and facilitating adult groups around the country on issues of diversity and structural racism. With that experience in hand, she returned to school and earned both a Master of Arts degree in Human Development and a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University, with a Concentration in Transformative Learning for Social Justice. She began teaching at Ottawa University as an adjunct in 2005. She began as a full-time faculty member at OU-Wisconsin in 2007, teaching courses in the liberal arts, adult education, and ethnic relations. She has since served the University as Dean of Instruction for the Wisconsin campus, Associate University Provost, Accreditation Liaison Officer, and Academic Dean of Adult Professional and Graduate Studies (APGS).
 
Joyce lives in the Milwaukee area with her husband. They have two adult sons. When she is not working, she enjoys reading, talking with friends, biking, cross-country skiing, and traveling.

Dean - School of Arts & Sciences
Professor of English

Phone: 785-248-2571
Email: karen.ohnesorge@ottawa.edu
Education
PhD - University of Kansas
MHL - Ottawa University
MA - New York University
BA and BFA - University of Tennessee
Dr. Karen Ohnesorge is currently the Dean of The School of Arts & Sciences, Dean of Instruction at The College and professor of English.  She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tennessee, both with highest honors.  She earned her master’s in English-creative writing from New York University and her doctorate in English from the University of Kansas.

She has served as adjunct instructor for Neosho County Community College Extension in Ottawa, Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, Mass. and Johnson County Community College. 

Dr. Ohnesorge’s past experience involves assistant editor for the American Art Review, director for the Academic Achievement Center in Ottawa, project assistant and support services coordinator for Supportive Educational Services/Student Support Services at the University of Kansas, project coordinator for TRIO Dissemination Partnership & Dean’s Scholars Program and associate director of Academic Programs for Excellence at the University of Kansas, and director of the Center for Excellence at OU.

Dr. Ohnesorge has extensive published works, has conducted several conference presentations, and holds many honors including OU’s College Class of 1966 Award from the Senior Class for having “changed lives and challenged students to achieve.”
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