ACU announces Allison Garrett as executive vice president

Posted July 06, 2012

Abilene Christian University has announced the appointment of Allison Garrett, J.D., as executive vice president. Garrett, the senior vice president for academic affairs at Oklahoma Christian University, will fill the ACU position previously held by Dr. Phil Schubert before he transitioned into the role of president in 2010.

She earned a bachelor’s degree with honors from Oklahoma Christian University, a Juris Doctor degree (J.D.) from the University of Tulsa College of Law, and a Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) in securities regulation from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Garrett has served at Oklahoma Christian since 2007, overseeing three colleges, graduate studies, the registrar’s office, international programs, Honors, the student success program, the library, Institutional Research, and OC’s faculty technical support group. Previously, she was an executive with Walmart Stores Inc. for more than a decade in diverse roles including vice president and general counsel of the Corporate Division and vice president of benefits compliance and planning, in which she had budgetary responsibility for more than $500 million.

“Allison comes to us with impressive academic and business experience,” said Dr. Phil Schubert. “Most importantly, she is a strong Christian woman who is passionate about transforming the lives of students. ACU is fortunate to have such a talented individual who will help advance our mission.”

Garrett will begin Aug. 20 and her responsibilities will include Financial Operations, Enrollment, Marketing, and Facilities and Campus Management (including landscape and grounds, physical resources and construction). She also will serve on the Senior Leadership Team and as a key liaison to the Board of Trustees.

She and her husband, Chip, have three children: Ethan (21), Tori (16) and Noah (13). They are active members at the Wilshire Church of Christ in Oklahoma City. Garrett is a speaker at women’s events on a regular basis and has served on a number of boards, including her current role as board co-chair of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition.

“ACU’s leadership in Christian higher education is well known," said Garrett. “I am excited about working closely with the faculty, staff and others associated with ACU to continue the university’s momentum in higher education. Chip, our children and I look forward to being a part of the community.”