Oklahoma City – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) officials said today that after several months of studying whether a name change would be beneficial, the university has decided to retain the current name. OC President, Mike O'Neal penned the following letter for the OC family and friends:
Dear OC Family and Friends:
Over the past few months, the University evaluated the perceptions and opinions that its constituents have about the University. As a part of that evaluation, there has been discussion among those constituents of whether a different name would better reflect OC's growing national and international impact, would strengthen our ability to attract quality students and benefactors, and would further the University's mission to transform lives for Christian faith, scholarship, and service. Please be assured there was never any discussion of changing our Christian mission, nor will there be under this administration. Our sole desire was to consider whether a name change would have a positive effect on the University's stature and allow it to extend its reach and influence for the cause of Christ, for scholarship, and for service.
I am deeply grateful for your letters, e-mails, phone calls, and conversations concerning this important matter. Based on this input, I have concluded two things. First, it is the overwhelming desire of our alumni, students, faculty and staff to extend OC's impact throughout the world through its excellent, faith-permeated education. Second, the vast majority of those from whom I heard believe our current name enjoys considerable goodwill, is highly regarded in the local and national community, and aptly identifies our location and our mission. It is also a name in which we can build increasing brand value. For these reasons, we will not pursue a possible name change and will retain Oklahoma Christian University as our name and OC as our nickname.
Thanks to those of you who contacted us about this matter. It is encouraging to know that so many of you care so deeply for this great University. My love for you and for the mission of this great institution grows daily, and I have been encouraged by your responses. I hope you will continue to contact me and others at OC when you have a question or concern.
This is a wonderful time at OC, but I believe with all my heart that God has even greater things in store for us. With your support and prayers, we will continue to pursue comprehensive excellence and serve God, our community and the world.
In His service,
Mike E. O'Neal, President