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Tim Norton grew up in beautiful Virginia Beach, Virginia, before coming to ORU as an undergraduate vocal performance major. After college he taught music at Rock Church Academy, which was associated with his home Rock Church congregation in Virginia Beach. During this time, he was also a teacher of humanities for ORU's evening extension program.

When offered a 75-percent scholarship to Virginia's Regent University, Tim returned to school to pick up his M.A. in Secondary School Administration.

In the eighties, ORU's School of Education started its Summer Institute, and Tim regularly came back to Tulsa to teach as a part of the program. During this time, he also worked on his doctorate at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, which he completed in 1995.

In 1998, ORU invited Dr. Norton to teach within the School of Education's graduate program, a position he still holds today.

In his free time, Dr. Norton is a gourmet chef who loves to entertain ORU's faculty and staff in his home. He regularly serves five and six course meals, and rumor has it that he cooks a mean pecan-encrusted pork loin. He also makes a point of taking goodies to the local firefighters on a regular basis to show his appreciation.

Swimming is his other love and he can often be found swimming half a mile in Gold's Gym, something he does religiously three times a week.

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