Dr. Everett Piper is the fifth president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University, located in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. In his 14 years as president of OKWU, Piper has become known for his defense of intellectual freedom. He is passionate about providing education that models a way of thought, life, and faith, in a critically engaged community honoring the primacy of Christ, the priority of Scripture, the Pursuit of Truth, and the Practice of Wisdom.
Dr. Piper advocates tirelessly for cultural courage grounded in the conservation of time-tested truths, and is the 2016 recipient of the Jeane Kirkpatrick Award for Academic Freedom. His commentary on religion, education, and politics challenges the intolerant tolerance of today’s academic community. Dr. Piper is the author of Why I Am A Liberal, and Other Conservative Ideas and the viral op-ed, “This is Not a Daycare, It’s a University”. His newest book on safe spaces and trigger warnings from Regnery publishing is due out in May 2017.
Dr. Piper’s op-eds are routinely featured in local and national news outlets and he serves as a regular guest on talk-radio across the nation. His media interaction includes The Examiner Enterprise, Crosswalk.com, Chuck Colson’s Breakpoint Magazine, FortySixNews.com, FOX News, TheBlaze, the Daily Caller, Heat Street, the Tulsa World, the Washington Times, the Daily Oklahoman and more. Dr. Piper is also a regular guest on Tulsa’s Pat Campbell Show, Wall Builders radio and Tony Perkins’ Washington Watch. Most recently, he was interviewed on Fox News’s O’Reilly Factor, NBC Today, FOX and Friends, the Glenn Beck Show, and Stuart Varney and Company.
A native of Hillsdale Michigan, Dr. Piper grew up in a family that valued hard work, a mindset he carried with him as he moved from industry into pursuing a college degree. Dr. Piper attended Spring Arbor University, where he met his wife, Marci, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree. From there, he earned his M.A. from Bowling Green State University, and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University. His previous academic leadership experience includes positions at Spring Arbor University, Grace College and Seminary, Greenville College, and Bowling Green State University
The Pipers, along with their two sons—Seth and Cobi—have served as OKWU’s First Family since August of 2002. Dr. Piper actively participates in the Bartlesville community and the Wesleyan church, and serves on a variety of councils and boards relating to Christian leadership, public policy, and community leadership.