Nancy Mankin truly knows what it means to embrace change.

The daughter of a Navy doctor, Professor Mankin has moved to various cities across the United States. “I lived in many places, including Jacksonville, Fla., San Diego, CA., Pasadena, CA, Virginia, Michigan and Hawaii!” She attended University of Hawaii for 3 years and then finished off at University of Central Oklahoma in 1980. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Health and Physical Education and then went back and got her Masters Degree in Education with an emphasis in Health and Physical Education.

Nancy never expecting to be a college professor until, while she was teaching physical education for an elementary school, one of her student’s moms approached her with a job as a college professor. She comments, “After teaching ten years in the public schools, I started at the university where I could work with bigger kids! I like to think about it as God opening a door for me here; it has been a blessing!” Nancy said.

And so, with 13 years under her belt here at ORU, Nancy’s heart is for her students to walk away from ORU feeling confident that God has brought them here to be trained for their purpose and know that they have received His gifts and are now able to go out and share that with others.

“I also hope they walk away with a passion for their profession so that it won't feel like work. I want them to know God in all that they do!”

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