The women behind OU

Sherry Wynn Perdue

Director of the Oakland University Writing Center and professor of writing and rhetoric, Sherry Wynn Perdue, has been at OU for 16 years.

Currently, she is investigating evidence-based practices in the writing field of the writing center studies. She strongly feels that her practices and everything she does, should be grounded in research.

Perdue said she is most proud of the programming and support she has built for graduate students and faculty.

“While popular culture would encourage us to believe that women a women’s own worst enemies, my life is so much richer, and my opportunities are more plentiful because of the women in my life who encouraged me to become my best me,” she said.


Linda Oliver

Linda Oliver is the information services manager for university relations.

She has been at OU foralmost 15 years. Oliver said her biggest achievement at OU so far is turning the Alumni Association website into a whole community for alumni.

Currently, she is serving on multiple Banner University Committees, such as the Women of OU Scholarship Committee. Her position in Advancement Services involves data analysis and the continued improvement of constituent data to assist the university in engaging alumni.

“Understand the bigger picture in how your role and the work you do as an employee fits with whatever company you work for,” she said.