College of Arts and Sciences
Ed.D., 2000, Loyola University Chicago
C.A.S., 1979, Northern Illinois University
M.A., 1975, Saint Xavier University
B.S., 1971, Olivet Nazarene University
In 2014, Dr. Upchurch accepted the appointment as dean of Olivet’s College of Arts and Sciences. Prior to taking on these responsibilities, he served as dean for the School of Education from 2005 to 2014. He began in 2004 as a professor and the director of academic services for the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies.
During his 33-year career in public education, he taught sixth grade science for five years and served 28 years as an administrator and leader in south suburban Chicago public schools.
Dr. Upchurch’s professional awards and honors include:
• The Heritage Registry of Who's Who, 2004
• Capital Directory of Who's Who, 1999
• Who's Who Among Top Executives, 1998
• nominated for the Illinois State Board of Education "Break the Mold" award, 1998
• Outstanding State of Illinois "Educator of the Year" from Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.), 1990
• nominated to the National Superintendent of the Year program, 1989
• nominated to the Top Executive Educators, 1985
• awarded lifetime membership in the Illinois Congress of Parents and Teachers, 1983
• Outstanding Elementary Teachers of America Award, 1974
As an educator and administrator, he has been an active contributor to the health of education locally, statewide, nationwide and globally. He has worked with Bradley’s St. Joseph Parish and School on a strategic plan for their mission and development. In 2011, he was part of a 14-member committee that developed a code of ethics for all teachers in the State of Illinois — which was approved and passed by legislators and went into effect July 1, 2011. As chair of Nazarene Educators Worldwide, he joined a group that visited Nazarene schools and networked with African educators in Kenya in summer 2011.
Dr. Upchurch is still excited about being able to serve God at his alma mater. He met his wife, Corie, who also graduated from ONU, on the tennis courts — where McHie Arena now stands. They are members of Chicago First Church of the Nazarene. Both are Chicago White Sox fans.
He and Corie have two daughters, two sons-in-law, and five grandchildren (two sets of twin boys and one girl). Being a grandparent is one of his greatest joys. He describes the perfect weekend as doing fun things with his grandchildren.