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)
Room and Board: $3,815
Total Semester Costs: $16,750
Students Receiving Financial Aid: 98%
[costs above listed per semester for 2017-18 academic year]
Ouachita Baptist University was first accredited by the Higher Learning Commission 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
- Chesley and Elizabeth Pruet School of Christian Studies
- Michael D. Huckabee School of Education
Teacher Education Program accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation
- 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 Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
- W.H. Sutton School of Social Sciences
The university is a member of the following organizations:
- American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)
- Consortium for Global Education (CGE)
- Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
- Great American Conference (GAC)
- International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities (IABCU)
- National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU)
- National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, Division II)
- National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA)
Ouachita has earned the following rankings and honors:
- 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.
- Ranked as the top private university in Arkansas by Niche.com.
- 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
Recruitment Communications Coordinator
Pickett has served since 2018 as recruitment communications coordinator, a shared position between the offices of Communications and Admissions Counseling. She is a 2011 graduate of Williams Baptist College with a major in business administration and a minor in religion. She earned her Master of Divinity degree from McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University in 2015. Pickett worked as an admissions counselor at Williams Baptist College before serving as the director of communications at The Baptist Church of Beaufort in Beaufort, South Carolina. She also has freelance coordinated social media and communications for individuals and non-profit organizations.
Lile Hall, Room 237
OBU Box 3761
Digital Content Coordinator
Rosenthal has served since 2016 as OBU digital content coordinator. Originally from Little Rock, he is a 2015 Ouachita grad in mass communications. Previously, he served as the social media manager for a Little Rock advertising agency, leading their social media and blog strategy, content creation, community management, paid promotions and analytics for many local and national clients. Also a freelance photographer, Rosenthal’s work has won numerous awards and has been featured in such publications as Trendy Bride Magazine and National Geographic.
Lile Hall, Room 233
OBU Box 3761
Director of Communications & Marketing
Zimny has served since 2015 as OBU director of communications and marketing, serving previously from 2008-2014 as 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 completed a Master of Arts degree in corporate and non-profit communication from Johns Hopkins University in 2014.
Lile Hall, Room 236
OBU Box 3761
Assistant Director of Graphic Services
Zimny has served since 2013 as 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 completed a Master of Arts degree in graphic design in 2015 and a Master of Fine Arts in graphic design and visual experience in 2017, both from Savannah College of Art and Design.
Lile Hall, Room 326
OBU Box 3761