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Oklahoma City University Welcomes New Advancement Leadership

Oklahoma City University has chosen a vice president and an assistant vice president for its University Advancement Department.

Martin L. O’Gwynn will begin duties as vice president Sept. 24, and Amanda R. Davis will begin as assistant vice president in early October.

O’Gwynn is currently the assistant to the president and the associate vice president for university advancement at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee and brings more than 25 years of experience in higher education development, strategic planning and marketing communications.

“Marty is a highly regarded development professional. With extensive and various experience in a private, liberal arts university environment, he is perfectly suited for encouraging a high level of support for OCU’s mission,” said OCU President Robert Henry. “I am also excited about the addition of Amanda Davis as assistant vice president for university development. Marty and Amanda bring a great deal of vision, expertise and energy to their new roles at OCU and our existing, talented advancement team. I look forward to working with both of them to deepen our connections with OCU alumni and friends.” 

O’Gwynn formerly served in associate vice president roles for the communications, alumni affairs and university relations departments, and was director of public relations for OBU. Before joining OBU, O’Gwynn was director of public relations for Shorter College in Georgia, and media services coordinator for Palm Beach Atlantic College in Florida.

He holds a Master of Arts in communications from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas; and a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Baylor University.

O’Gwynn is a member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). He has served on the boards for the Greater Shawnee Chamber of Commerce, Mission Shawnee, the Shawnee tourism and other organizations.

“Oklahoma City University has a strong history of equipping leaders in a wide array of fields,” O’Gwynn said. “I look forward to working with President Henry, the advancement and external relations staff and the greater OCU community. We are building on a tradition of excellence which has been sustained by dedicated faculty, alumni and friends of the university. It is an exciting time to be at OCU.”

Davis is currently senior director of development for the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences at Oklahoma State University and has worked in development-related positions for approximately 13 years.

She is a CASE member and was previously director of advancement for the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, a development officer and interim associate vice chancellor for development at the University of New Orleans, director of financial development and public relations for the American Red Cross-Southeast Louisiana chapter, director of development for Planned Parenthood of Louisiana and the Mississippi Delta and a resource development officer for Genesis School in Kansas City, Mo.

Davis holds a Master of Arts in public administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Bachelor of Arts in English and sociology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She also earned fundraising certification from the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership.

“I am honored to be joining the advancement office at OCU under Marty’s leadership,” Davis said. “With the guidance of President Henry and the trustees, I look forward to generating support for this great university.”