Ouachita’s Office of Communications fields all media inquiries, advertising opportunities and photo and logo requests for the university. Throughout the academic year, it produces hundreds of news stories, press releases and feature articles that tell the story of Ouachita’s many difference makers. Its graphic services division seeks to build a strong visual identity for the university through quality and consistent design work.
Location: 410 Ouachita St., Arkadelphia, AR 71998
Phone: 1-800-DIAL-OBU or (870) 245-5110
Four-year private liberal arts university
Affiliated with the Arkansas Baptist State Convention
Enrollment averages 1,500 (54% female, 46% male)
Tuition per semester: $11,185 (including fees)
Room and Board per semester: $3,320
Total Semester Costs: $14,505
Students Receiving Financial Aid: 98%
Ouachita Baptist University was first accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities in 1927 and has held continuous accreditation since 1953.
Ouachita is home to seven academic schools in addition to its School of Interdisciplinary Studies:
- Frank D. Hickingbotham School of Business
Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business since 2002
- Chesley and Elizabeth Pruet School of Christian Studies
- Michael D. Huckabee School of Education
Teacher Education Program accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education since 1961
- School of Fine Arts
Division of Music accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music
- School of Humanities
- J.D. Patterson School of Natural Sciences
Didactic Dietetic Program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) of the American Dietetic Association
- W.H. Sutton School of Social Sciences
The university is a member of the following organizations:
- Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
- National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU)
- American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)
- International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities (IABCU)
- Consortium for Global Education (CGE)
- Great American Conference (GAC)
- National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, Division II)
Ouachita has earned the following rankings and honors:
- No. 1 Regional College in the South for four consecutive years (2008-2011) by U.S. News & World Report.
- Ranked nationally among U.S. News‘ top tier of “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” since 2012.
- Ranked nationally by U.S. News among “A+ Schools for B Students.”
- Ranked nationally among “America’s Best Colleges” by Forbes magazine.
- Named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for three consecutive years.
- Named among the nation’s top “Military Friendly Schools” by Victory Media.
- One of a select number of colleges and universities nationwide chosen to participate in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s prestigious National Genomics Research Initiative.
- Ranked on StudentAdvisor.com’s inaugural list of Top 100 Social Media Colleges.
Meet Our Staff
Vice President for Communications
Henderson has served since 2008 as OBU vice president for communications. He previously served more than 25 years in Christian journalism in Missouri, Arkansas and Kentucky, earning numerous journalism, photography and design awards. Henderson, who holds degrees from School of the Ozarks and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, is a former national president of Baptist Communicators Association and the Association of State Baptist Papers. He and his wife, Pam, are the parents of two young adult daughters, Emily and Audrey.
Lile Hall, Room 238
OBU Box 3761
Assistant Director of Communications
Zimny has served since 2008 as OBU assistant director of communications. A 2008 summa cum laude Ouachita grad in English and mass communications, she served as student director of the news bureau her senior year. Upon graduation, Zimny completed Columbia University’s Columbia Publishing Course before returning to begin her full-time position at Ouachita. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins University.
Lile Hall, Room 236
OBU Box 3761
Assistant Director of Graphic Services
Zimny recently joined the Office of Communications as OBU assistant director of graphic services. A 2008 Ouachita grad in graphic design and mass communications, he served as a student designer for the news bureau his senior year. Upon graduation, Zimny served as graphic design coordinator for White County Medical Center before returning to Ouachita as assistant director of the Grant Center for International Education. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree from Savannah College of Art and Design.
Lile Hall, Room 237
OBU Box 3761