JBU Names Gary Oliver Dir. of Cntr for Marriage & Fam. Stud.

Siloam Springs, Ark (April 21, 1998) — John Brown University recently named Dr. Gary Oliver to the newly-created post of director of the Center for Marriage and Family Studies.

The Center for Marriage and Family Studies will have a fourfold purpose: prepare future marriage and family therapists through a graduate degree program; conduct programs that will serve JBU faculty, staff, churches and para-church groups; provide leadership in the lives of undergraduate students in the areas of dating, courtship, engagement and marriage; and serve as a professional information clearing house in Christian marriage and family studies.

The Center will begin a master's degree program in Marriage and Family therapy in 1998 and graduate the first class of graduate students in Marriage and Family therapy in the spring of 2000.

"The Center for Marriage and Family Studies will be excellent combination of intellectual development, spiritual growth, and practical hands-on experience," said Dr. Mel Fratzke, JBU provost. "It is a visionary and exciting dream which we think will provide significant impact on the lives of undergraduate and graduate students. JBU's faculty and staff will truly have the opportunity to serve the regional and national church community in this effort to strengthen family relationships."

Oliver is a husband, father, seminary professor, psychologist, author, and is currently the clinical director of Southwest Counseling Associates in Littleton, Colo. He will begin working at JBU on July 1.

Dr. Oliver has over 30 years experience in individual, premarital, marital and family counseling. For the past 20 years he has had an extensive nationwide teaching ministry. He has founded, developed and directed several counseling centers. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Promise Keepers and is on the speaking team for the American Association of Christian Counselors.

Dr. Oliver is the author of Made Perfect In Weakness: The Amazing Things God Can Do With Failure, Real Men Have Feelings Too, and is the co-author of nine books with H. Norman Wright including Raising Emotionally Healthy Kids, How to Bring Out the Best in Your Spouse, and When Anger Hits Home. For three years he served as host of "Confident Living," a radio program for men produced by Back to the Bible and heard throughout the United States and Canada.

Dr. Oliver and wife, Carrie, have three sons: Nathan, Matthew and Andrew.