Dr. Mark Rutland announced that he will step down as President of ORU within two years

Dr. Mark Rutland to leave Oral Roberts University presidency within two years--a fast-breaking news story from a reliable source.

Oral Roberts University President Mark Rutland announced to his staff Monday morning, September 26, 2011, that he will step down within two years as president of ORU.

"After more than 30 years leading organizations, I feel it will be time in the next year or two to transition from day-to-day executive leadership into a new phase in my career," said Rutland, 63.

"I am eager to work with the board to make this process as effective as possible for the long-term benefit of the university."

The ORU Board of Trustees announced that it has commissioned its Leadership
Committee to facilitate a long-term succession plan for the office of president.

"One responsibility of the governing board of a university is to ensure stability through leadership transitions," said Mart Green, chairman of the ORU board of trustees. "The timeline for the succession plan will be put in place over the coming months."

[Editor's comment: I was stunned, shocked, and startled by this announcement late Monday afternoon, September 26, 2011, from a trusted source. At first, I thought I would refrain from announcing this major news release. But the more I thought about it, I felt it would be in the best interests of all to let you know immediately. If you will recall I covered the story of the inauguration of Dr.  Mark Rutland as the third president of ORU. Oral Roberts was there that day, and laid his hands upon Mark Rutland and blessed him. I watched that service on TV and on my Internet connection simultaneously. I have a vested interest in ORU since my son, Greg Morgan, is a graduate of the university.

Dr. Mark Rutland is the third president of Oral Roberts University. He is a distinguished educator, charismatic leader, business man and a nationally recognized figure in Christian higher education. The active pursuit of intellectual and spiritual awakening is central to Dr. Rutland's worldview, making his vision a perfect complement to the ORU philosophy of whole-person education.

Dr. Rutland also currently serves as president of Global Servants. Through Global Servants, Dr. Rutland has founded ministries in Ghana and Thailand. The House of Grace home for tribal girls in Chiang Rai, Thailand, was founded in 1988 and houses over 100 girls.

A native of Texas, Dr. Rutland was educated at the University of Maryland and Candler College of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He holds a Ph.D. degree from California Graduate School of Theology.

Dr. Rutland is the author of 13 books:

Launch Out into the Deep
The Finger of God
Hanging by a Thread
Behind the Glittering Mask
Streams of Mercy
God of the Valleys
Character Matters

his latest book, Most Likely to Succeed

Dr. Rutland and his wife, Alison, have one son, two daughters, four grandsons, and two granddaughters.

Dr. Mark Rutland announced that he will step down as President of ORU within two years