President Wilson appointed Dr. Mark E. Roberts Dean of Learning Resources in June 2017, after the retirement of the library's beloved founding dean, Dr. William Jernigan, who served 52 years.
Dr. Roberts joined ORU in 1999 as a reference librarian and director of the Holy Spirit Research Center, after nearly eight years of publishing books and several years of pastoring and teaching college. He recently initiated digitizing HSRC (and other ORU) materials to share globally through ORU's Digital Showcase. (http://digitalshowcase.oru.edu)
Roberts also helps ORU host intellectual and creative events as chair of the faculty committee planning events for the President's Performing Arts & Lecture Series. He teaches higher education courses occasionally and church Bible classes often. For hobbies, he publishes freelance and through Word & Spirit Press and plays French horn freelance and with the Celebrate!Brass quintet.
From Vista, California, Roberts attended Palomar College, graduated from Jackson (Miss.)
College of Ministries, earned his BA in Religion from Mississippi College, and MA
in English from The Ohio State University, and an MA and PhD in Religion (New Testament)
from Vanderbilt University. He and his wife Carol (née Crosser) have four adult children
and five grandchildren.