TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) — Oral Roberts University has been given a $1 million donation, along with a $500,000 matching grant, to launch the Stovall Center for Entrepreneurship.
This generous donation was given to the university by ORU Alumni Jim and Crystal Stovall, along with the Tulsa community Foundation.
“We envision the Stovall Center for Entrepreneurship will provide the essential knowledge, skills, and ethics needed to equip ORU students to engage the world’s biggest challenges with God’s best solutions,” said Jim Stovall.
ORU says the Stovalls and the Tulsa Community Foundation have made this donation because they know the power entrepreneurship can have in transforming lives.
Stovall is founder and president of Narrative Television Network, which has made television and media available to the blind and visually impaired in the United States. He founded the network in 1988, a year after fully losing his sight at age 29. Stovall is also known for his books: The ultimate Gift, The ultimate Life, and The Lamp, which have been made into major motion pictures.
“The Stovall Center for Entrepreneurship will enable ORU to continue building whole leaders for the whole world who are equipped with new and innovative business ideas that transform not only people but also communities and nations,” said ORU President Dr. William M. Wilson. “This amazing gift will allow ORU to aggressively pursue our commitment to developing leaders in business and entrepreneurship.”
The university says the new center will reside within the College of Business and allow ORU to attract and retain students with abilities to create new business ideas, start-up incubators, accelerators and launchpads.
To watch a video of this donation being given during ORU's chapel service Friday afternoon, click here.