Dr. Everett Piper is the fifth president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University, established in 1909.

In his 14 years as president of OKWU, Piper has become known for his passionate defense of intellectual freedom. He advocates tirelessly for cultural courage grounded in the conservation of time-tested truths, and is the 2016 recipient of the Jeane Kirkpatrick Award for Academic Freedom. His commentary on religion, education, and politics challenges what he calls the fallacious duplicity of the intolerant tolerance of today’s academic community. Dr. Piper is the author of Why I Am A Liberal, and Other Conservative Ideas and the viral op-ed, “This is not a Daycare, It’s a University”. His op-eds are routinely featured in local and national news outlets and he serves as a regular guest on talk-radio across the nation.**

A native of Hillsdale Michigan, Dr. Piper and his wife Marci, along with their two sons, have served as OKWU’s First Family since August of 2002. Dr. Piper actively participates in the Bartlesville community and the Wesleyan church, and serves on a variety of councils and boards relating to Christian leadership, public policy, and community leadership.



President Piper on Being Liberal

EDUCATION: Dr. Piper received a B.A. from Spring Arbor University, a M.A. from Bowling Green State University, and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University. His previous academic leadership experience includes positions at Spring Arbor University, Grace College and Seminary, Greenville College, and Bowling Green State University
MEDIA: Publications include: The Examiner Enterprise, Crosswalk.com, Chuck Colson’s Breakpoint Magazine, FortySixNews.com, FOXNews, TheBlaze, the Tulsa World, the Daily Oklahoman and more. Dr. Piper is also a regular guest on Tulsa’s Pat Campbell Show, the Sam Sorbo Show in Los Angeles, and the Mark Halvorsen Show in Eau Claire Wisconsin. He is also a regular guest on Wall Builders radio and Tony Perkins’ Washington Watch. Most recently, he was interviewed on Fox News’s O’Reilly Factor, NBC Today, FOX and Friends, the Glenn Beck Show, and Stuart Varney and Company.