President Wilson

President William Wilson began his tenure as Oral Roberts University’s fourth president in June 2013. Dr. Wilson has over four decades of executive leadership experience and is recognized globally for his unwavering ethics in leadership and as a champion for new generations of Spirit-empowered leaders.

As the president, Dr. Wilson is leading the mission to develop Holy Spirit-empowered leaders through whole person education to impact the world.



ORU: One of Only 25 U.S. Institutions Awarded Carnegie Foundation’s Leadership for Public Purpose Classification

Oral Roberts University is one of only 25 institutions in the United States to receive the inaugural Carnegie Leadership for Public Purpose Classification. This recognition is awarded by the American Council on Education (ACE), the Doerr Institute for New Leaders, and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

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Commencement 2024


Dr. Wilson’s Leadership

  • Author of over 10 books, including his latest The Power of One.
  • ORU Enrollment reached unprecedented and historic numbers.
  • Students enrolled from 152 nations in the last four years.
  • Fosters global partnerships with leaders from various cultures, ethnicities, and spheres of influence.
  • Dr. Wilson serves as the Global Chair for Empowered21 (E21), an organization influencing the future of the global Spirit-empowered movement.
  • Dr. Wilson also serves as Chair of the historic Pentecostal World Fellowship, a cooperative body of Pentecostal churches and groups worldwide of approved standing.
Fasting Forward

Fasting Forward

In Fasting Forward, Dr. Billy Wilson shares the importance of fasting and how Christ- followers can advance their spiritual lives through practicing this ancient discipline.

"When a person has a VISION, they are being positioned to change the world."



President Wilson's Video Messages



World Impact with Dr. Billy Wilson

A sought-after Bible communicator, his weekly television program, "World Impact with Dr. Billy Wilson," inspires and empowers viewers from a biblical worldview and can presently be seen in over 150 nations in multiple languages.

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Interviews with President Wilson

10 Years of Transformative Leadership

ORU Celebrates President Dr. William M. Wilson’s Decade of Historic Leadership

“The past ten years have been an extraordinary journey and launched the beginning of ORU’s global expansion.  I am deeply humbled and grateful for all of those who have contributed their gifts, time, and talent to ORU.  This University is unlike any other university, with the best faculty in the world and staff who serve our students unselfishly.  Our students come from all 50 states and around the world, drawn to our academic excellence and desiring to develop as whole leaders.  In the last ten years, ORU has made history and in the years to come, our students will continue to change the world!”  

— President Dr. William M. Wilson 


2013 - 2015

June 2013

Dr. William M. Wilson becomes the fourth President of Oral Roberts University

President Dr. Wilson's inauguration


September 2013

Dr. William M. Wilson’s inauguration held on September 20, 2013

Dr. Wilson's inauguration


May 2015

Empowered21 Global Congress Jerusalem

E21 Global Congress Jersualem

June 2013

Task Force on the Globalization of ORU

Task Force on the Globalization of ORU


February 2015

Launch of 50th Anniversary Campaign



October 2015

50th Anniversary of Oral Roberts University

50th Anniversary of ORU

2016 - 2018

May 2016

London 2016 Empowered21 Pentecost Celebration

London E21


January 2017

Global Learning Center opens

Global Learning Center opens


April 2017

Completion of Phase I of the 50th Anniversary Campaign

50th Campaign


October 2017

ONEOK Sports Complex opens

ONEOK Sports Complex opens


October 2018 

ORU Sports Park opens

ORU Sports Park

March 2017

Christ's Chapel receives new window renovation

Chapel exterior


June 2017

Dr. William M. Wilson at the Vatican, meeting Pope Francis at Celebration of 50 years of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal

Dr. Wilson met Pop Francis at the Vatican



GodTV airs World Impact with Billy Wilson, increasing potential reach to nearly 1 billion people worldwide

World Impact with Dr. Billy Wilson


December 2018

Titan Supercomputer launches

Titan Supercomputer launched


August 2019

Niko Njotorahardjo Hall opens

Niko Njotorahardjo Hall opens.


August 2019

Dr. Wilson elected Chair of the Pentecostal World Fellowship

PWC Chair election


November 2019 

Stovall Center for Entrepreneurship opens

Stovall Center for Entrepreneurship opens.

August 2019

Completion of Phase II of the 50th Anniversary Campaign – the “Freedom Campaign”

ORU students excited


November 2019

Nursing & Engineering Complex (NEC) opens

Nursing and Engineering Complex


November 2019

John & Cheryl Clerico Golf Complex (in the NEC) opens

John & Cheryl Clerico Golf Complex (in the NEC) opens.


June 2020

ORU Worship releases first album in 8 years

ORU Worship releases first album in 8 years.


August 2020

Stanley White High-Performance Computing Lab opens

Stanley White High Performance Lab opens


 September 2020

Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education ranks ORU as #5 in the nation for Student Engagement

Wall Street Journal ranks ORU as #5 in the nation for Student Engagement.


March 2021

ORU Men’s Basketball goes to the Sweet Sixteen

sweet sixteen


October 2021

Groundbreaking for the JD McKean Library 

Groundbreaking for the JD McKean Library is completed.


November 2021

Groundbreaking for the Media Arts Center

Groundbreaking for the JD McKean Library is completed.

August 2021

Stanley White Foundation i4 Digital Enterprise Lab opens

Stanley White Foundation i4 Digital Enterprise Lab opens.


November 2021

Mabee Center renovations

Mabee center renovation


November 2021

Groundbreaking for the Mike Carter Athletic Center

Groundbreaking for the Mike Carter Athletic Center completed.


April 2022

E-Rena E-Sports venue opens

E-Rena E-Sports venue opens.


September 2022

Fenimore & Fisher College of Business 

Fenimore & Fisher COB opens


December 2022

Dr. Wilson named among “Most Influential Oklahomans” 2022 by The Journal Record

Dr. Wilson named “Most Influential Oklahomans” 2022 by The Journal Record

May 2022

Conclusion of Whole Leaders for the Whole World Campaign Phase I

ORU students with sign


September 2022

ORU Welcome Center opens

Welcome Center opens.


January 2023

Launch of Whole Leaders for the Whole World Campaign, Phase II (new dorm pictured below)

WLWW campaign Phase II


May 2023

Dr. William M. Wilson releases his latest book “The Power of One”

Dr. Billy Wilson The Power of ONE book cover


June 2023

Empowered21 Amsterdam2023 EveryONE Event

Amsterdam 2023


August 2023

J.D. McKean Library Opens

J.D. McKean Library


August 2023

ORU experiences 15th consecutive year of enrollment growth

Students in chapel


September 2023

ORU is ranked #1 Best Student Life in Oklahoma by Niche

Student Life


November 2023

ORU Career outcomes rate of 99.87% alumni in a job or graduate school within 6 months of graduation





January 2024

Biological Sciences Center opens

Biological Sciences Center

Release of Dr. Wilson's latest book Fasting Forward, Revised and Updated Edition

Fasting Forward

May 2024

ORU Celebrates historic 2024 class with 925 degree candidates

Commencement 2024




ORU has made numerous commitments, including:

 ◈ Reaching More International Students ◈ 

◈  Excelling in Our Use of Technology ◈ 

◈  Improving Our Facilities ◈ 

◈  Increasing Our Program Offerings ◈ 

◈  Recruiting Exceptional Talent for Faculty and Staff Positions ◈ 

◈  Creating a Fun and Uplifting Environment on Campus ◈ 

◈  Embracing a Strong Spiritual Ethos for Our Students ◈ 

"We give God the glory for His blessing over the last 15 years. We do not take this for granted. We know that He is the one who provides the increase.... We are currently in a spiritual, academic, and institutional revival at ORU, and we are grateful to God for His favor.”
Dr. William M. Wilson


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