"There's always another challenge to meet, but that's the adventure, the joy of the journey, I am not intimidated by the challenges that we will face" said Rutland.
The man who provided the gift that lifted ORU out of its financial crisis now leads the Board of Trustees, and he announced the new president.
"Doctor Rutland, the Board of Trustees has chosen you to be the third president of Oral Roberts University," said Mart Green, ORU Trustee.
"Yours will be a great privilege and responsibility to take this university to its great mission.
"And now by the authority of the board of trustees, I pronounce you the third president of Oral Roberts University," Green said.
Many dignitaries were in attendance today - but the former president of the school, Richard Roberts, was not. Since his departure, ORU has totally changed leadership - and now goes forward without the burden of debt - with enrollment at 3,100 students this fall.
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