From the President

Posted by Paula Paine on May 20, 2011 in Faculty/Staff Spring is always a time of long-awaited growth and renewal, especially after a harsh winter. While Ottawa University strives toward consistent growth year-round, these past several months have served as a time of added renewal and progress in many areas within the University, bringing a sense of increased optimism and hope for the future. I’d like to share a few with you. The resurging music program at OU is always a source of inspiration, but the choir’s recent trip to New York City to sing in Carnegie Hall was a highlight not only of the season, but of OU’s entire music program history. Seeing the faces of students as they joined with choirs from around the nation, met renowned composer Karl Jenkins, stood where scores of music greats have performed, and experienced the wonders of New York City was music to our hearts. The inaugural event of the Fredrikson Center for Faith and Church Vitality was very exciting. A conference on “Church as ‘Transformational’ Community” was the initial event in honor of Center namesake Dr. Roger Fredrikson ’42, who was on hand to launch and christen the Center. We look forward to many, many more such events in the future. We are very excited to have Dr. Kirk Wessel infusing new growth into our School of Business as its new dean. While serving as the School’s interim dean, it became clear to us that he had just the right skill set, mindset, values, and experience to lead this vital academic area of Ottawa University. We couldn’t be more pleased to have him on our team. He has been highly instrumental in developing and launching our new Executive MBA program, as well, from which we expect exciting results in the near future. As we approach the end of our fiscal year, there is reason to expect that we will finish the year with a significant surplus. We are extremely grateful for God’s faithfulness to our institution, the good stewardship we have been able to maintain, and for the wonderful supporters who help us to achieve our mission. We are cognizant that all three will remain critical as we prepare for a capital campaign. I hope you have a restful and rewarding summer. Keep learning! Kevin C. Eichner ’73, LLD ’08