Dr. C. Pat Taylor, SBU President
Message to Prospective Students
SBU is committed to being Christ-centered in every facet of university life and preparing students to be servant leaders in a global society. At SBU you will be challenged to examine issues of faith while pursuing academic excellence. You will be encouraged to engage in community service.
You will be invited to learn more about your fellow students and appreciate their diverse backgrounds. You will study with outstanding faculty who will challenge you to think critically and develop a Christian worldview. I invite you to join our SBU family.
C. Pat Taylor
Dr. Taylor was selected as the 24th president of SBU by the board of trustees on Aug. 20, 1996, after a seven-month nationwide search. He assumed his duties as president on Oct. 21, 1996.
Prior to becoming president of SBU, Dr. Taylor served as chief academic officer at Oklahoma Baptist University for 10 years. As senior vice president and provost, Dr. Taylor was responsible for OBU’s five colleges and schools as well as student development, admissions, religious life, library services and athletics.
Dr. Taylor previously served as associate vice president for academic affairs at Union University in Jackson, Tenn., from 1979-86. From 1975-79, he was an assistant professor of education at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. While at Belmont, he served as head resident of Pembroke Hall, a men’s dormitory housing 150 men. His experiences also have included community college and high school teaching and coaching.
A native of Salem, Kentucky, Dr. Taylor received his doctor of education degree with emphasis in history and philosophy of education from Memphis State University. He received a master’s degree in history from Western Kentucky University and a bachelor’s degree in history and secondary education from the University of Tennessee-Martin.
Dr. Taylor and his wife, Judy, have been married since 1968 and have two children, Marijo and Charla. Marijo is a 1994 OBU graduate and in 2000 received an Executive MBA from the University of Missouri. She is a criminal investigator for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement of Homeland Security. Marijo is married to Tom Gronewold who also is a criminal investigator for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement of Homeland Security. Charla, also an OBU graduate, completed her master’s degree in physical therapy from SBU in 2001 and her doctorate in physical therapy in 2007. Her husband, Adam Austermann, is a 1999 SBU graduate. He earned his master’s degree in physical therapy from SBU in 2001 and his doctorate in physical therapy in 2006. Dr. Taylor and Judy have two grandsons, Drew Charles Austermann and Luke Taylor Austermann.