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United Way President to Lead New Program at Oklahoma City University
OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City University’s new master’s program in applied sociology in nonprofit leadership will be led by United Way of Central Oklahoma President Bob Spinks. Spinks will retire from the United Way after 10 years to take on his role at OCU Jan. 1. “I’m really looking forward to this program,” Spinks said. “OCU is the perfect place for it.” The program is designed to develop servant leaders in the nonprofit sector. Jody Horn, chair of the sociology department at Oklahoma City University, said the number of nonprofit organizations in the region has grown by more than 20 percent in the last 10 years. Horn explained that the need for services from these organizations is vital. The program will offer expertise in knowledge of nonprofit leadership and emphasis in the sociological context in which nonprofits are embedded. Horn said the program balances practical knowledge with sound scholarship. Spinks said he is excited about the opportunity to teach successful strategies for the non-profit sector. “Folks are in non-profits because they are passionate about the cause and the work, but we don’t teach up front what it takes to work in this business,” Spinks said. “This is a good opportunity to prepare the next generation of leadership.” Spinks has a bachelor’s degree in music education, a master’s in education and a doctorate in education administration. He has taught at the secondary and college levels for several years. “I enjoy teaching,” he said. “Everything blends together – theory, research and practice. I like bringing real world experiences into the classroom.” OCU Petree College of Arts and Sciences Dean Mark Davies said he is pleased Spinks will be joining the faculty. “We’re introducing a great program to prepare the servant leaders of tomorrow for a field that’s growing steadily,” Davies said. “Bob Spinks will bring a wealth of experience to the classroom. We’re looking forward to the opportunities the program will bring and we’re very pleased Bob Spinks is leading it.” Horn said Spinks will be a great addition to the sociology department. “We’re really looking forward to having him on board,” she said. For more information about the program, contact Horn at (405) 208-5023 or