Oklahoma Wesleyan University’s Office of Academic Affairs announced that Professor Greg Tackett was named OKWU’s Dean of Health and Sciences, effective January 1.
Tackett steps into the role after serving as Instructor of Exercise Science at OKWU since joining the faculty in 2020.
Before coming to OKWU, Tackett spent years at the high school and collegiate levels, including 14 years as a high school administrator. He also was an assistant basketball coach for five years, including a stint at Liberty University.
“This wasn’t really something that I was pursuing,” Tackett said of the new role. “I’m grateful that Dr. Bostwick and Dr. Dunn have the confidence in me to be able to step into the role and serve in this way.”
Tackett will lead OKWU’s recently restructured School of Health and Sciences, which houses OKWU’s nursing, math, science, and exercise science programs. He will continue to be in the classroom with students, which he values.
“I have worked with Greg for many years,” said Dr. Keri Bostwick, OKWU’s provost. “He is the ultimate professional, and his leadership of faculty and curriculum comes with mission-mindedness, kindness, and wisdom. He will work tirelessly to put us where we need to be, and it is an honor to serve with him.”
Dr. Bostwick announced several other new titles within the School of Health and Sciences as part of the transition process.
- Dr. Rosa Ketchum has been named the Associate Dean for Nursing and will oversee OKWU’s nursing programs.
- Dr. Brian Turner will lead the math and science programs at OKWU as the Associate Dean.
- Dr. Anna Mangimela will oversee OKWU’s graduate nursing degree programs.
- Professor Danny Shedd will serve as the Director of Exercise Science.
“I am so grateful to this entire team for their willingness to step up and step in with little interruption in our service to our students and community,” Bostwick said.
Tackett looks forward to working closely with this team as they lead the School of Health and Sciences in the future.
“Without a doubt, I’m excited about the outstanding veteran people that are moving into new roles,” he said. “Knowing that I’ve got people who have experience and know what they’re doing in those positions is a huge blessing.”
Tackett also noted that he will continue to serve as the faculty athletic representative at the university, working with Athletic Director Kirk Kelley and the KCAC to support OKWU’s athletic programs.