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OCU Announces New Honors, Theater Administrators

Oklahoma City University recently filled two administrative positions.

Karen Youmans will begin her new position as Honors director in August. She comes to OCU from Oklahoma Baptist University, where she is a professor of English and has served as Honors program director since 2003.

In a statement on her teaching philosophy, Youmans expressed her objective to become a “persuasive example of life-long learning” by being involved in the learning process with her students. Youmans has been an active participant in the National Collegiate Honors Council for many years, serving on the organization's Small Colleges Committee. 

The School of Theatre’s new associate dean, Brian Parsons, will be moving to the Oklahoma City area this summer from Shropshire, Great Britain.

Parsons has directed award-winning productions in the U.S. and U.K. at Aquila Theatre Company, Tisch School of the Arts, Franklin Stage Company, Bristol Old Vic, the Royal Court Theatre, and the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain. He has led undergraduate and graduate programs at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (University of London’s Drama Conservatoire) and the University of Southern California, and he is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy of England.

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