Brian Bush, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Oklahoma Christian University, has been named Managing Director of OC’s Academy of Leadership and Liberty.
In his new position, Bush will be responsible for the Academy’s general operations, program development and events, including The Hatton W. Sumners Distinguished Speaker Series, the Oklahoma Leadership Academy, iDebate, Constitution Day and Peace Through Business Rwanda.
“It is with great pleasure that we welcome Brian to our team,” Academy Executive Director, Nathan Mellor said. “His experience will be invaluable as our program expands, and he has great insight into our purpose.”
Bush has served in a variety of leadership positions, including Assistant Dean of Students to his alma mater, Harding University in 2005, and Assistant D.A. for the state of Oklahoma in 2004. Still licensed in Oklahoma, Bush is presently admitted to the Oklahoma Bar, the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, and the Court of Indian Offenses in Anadarko, Okla.
“I was pleasantly surprised when this opportunity came to me,” Bush said. “Training tomorrow’s leaders is one of the most important things we can do in my opinion, and I am excited to help the Academy grow.”
In Corporate and Foundation Relations, Bush worked to build relationships with local foundations and corporate partners while overseeing the writing and administration of grants that benefit the OC community.
Assisting OC President Mike O’Neal and the Academy’s Executive Director in various civic, foundation, and governmental relations also fall under Bush’s new responsibilities. He also serves as a liaison between the OC community and the professional legal, tax, and accounting communities, and judicial and governmental officials while overseeing general operations of the Academy including the preparation of budgets and supervising of Academy staff.
Bush graduated from Harding University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration and then attained a Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 2003. Bush was active in the student body throughout both college experiences, serving as student body president his senior year at Harding, and as chairperson for the steering committee for Oklahoma Close Up state government studies program while at OU.
Bush and his wife, Becca, have one son, Tyler. They are members of the Edmond church of Christ.