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SWOSU Names Wendy Borlabi to Presidential Order of Merit

President Beutler, Wendy Borlabi and Todd ThurmanDr. Wendy Borlabi is congratulated on her induction into the SWOSU Presidential Order of Merit by SWOSU President Dr. Randy L. Beutler (left) and SWOSU Athletic Director Todd Thurman.


Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) with locations in Weatherford and Sayre is pleased to announce that Dr. Wendy Borlabi of Chicago (IL) has been named the 37th inductee into the SWOSU Presidential Order of Merit.

Borlabi studied psychology at SWOSU. Borlabi currently serves as High Performance Coach for the Chicago Bulls and is an independent consultant with the National Basketball Association (NBA). Previously, Borlabi served with the United States Olympic Committee at the Olympic Training Center in San Diego during two Winter Olympic Games and one Summer Olympic Games.

Borlabi, a 1994 SWOSU graduate, was inducted into the SWOSU Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame in 2018. Borlabi holds a Master’s degree in Kinesiology from Georgia Southern University and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University. Born in Ghana and raised in Midwest City, Borlabi is mother to twin children.

“Dr. Borlabi is an outstanding SWOSU graduate, and we are grateful that she continues to generously support her alma mater, especially our student-athletes and athletic programs,” SWOSU President Randy Beutler said. “She is most deserving of the SWOSU Presidential Order of Merit.”

The SWOSU Presidential Order of Merit is an honor bestowed upon an individual who has shown outstanding achievement on the state, national or international level, in the arts, sciences, business, industry, the professions, sports, social service or public service.  The prestigious award represents recognition of significant distinction that a member of the SWOSU family has attained.

SWOSU President Dr. John Hays introduced the award in 2004. The SWOSU Presidential Order of Merit is the highest honor in the personal gift of SWOSU's chief executive.

For more information about the SWOSU Presidential Order of Merit, please contact the SWOSU Office of Institutional Advancement at 580-774-3267.