February 26, 2016 – Bartlesville, OK

The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF) and The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation announced this week that the Jeane Jordan Kirkpatrick Award for Academic Freedom will be presented to Oklahoma Wesleyan’s president, Dr. Everett Piper.

“In a time when university administrators are giving in…Everett Piper stands out for his adherence to the tradition of academic integrity and open inquiry” said Michael W. Grebe, President of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.

The distinguished award will be made at the 2016 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Ronald Reagan Banquet on Friday, March 4, 2016 in Washington, D.C.  The prize honors the memory of Dr. Kirkpatrick, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, for her outspokenness in the most hostile of environments, her clarity and determination in the midst of oppression, and her fierce dedication to American ideals and academic freedom.

“Aside from being honored personally, it’s very gratifying to have others acknowledge and affirm the intellectual freedom that is found uniquely in the Judeo-Christian ethic and Biblical worldview,” said Dr. Piper. “This is just one more bit of evidence that the pursuit of truth sets us free.”

Dr. Piper received B.A. from Spring Arbor University, a M.A. from Bowling Green State University, and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University. He has served as OKWU’s president since August of 2002 and is passionate about providing students with the best opportunities to impact culture, think independently, and build a biblical foundation for their beliefs. Alongside his work as president, Dr. Piper is active in the Wesleyan church and Bartlesville community and is an advocate for cultural change from a Christian worldview. To read his recent columns or view a full biography, visit www.OKWU.edu/president.