From the Chancellor
Spring 2018

Dear Friends:

Greetings to all of you from all of us from OU in Kansas, Arizona, Wisconsin, Indiana, and across the nation where Ottawa University continues to pursue its most worthy mission.

In this issue of Spirit Magazine, you will learn why your president now has a new title and how the Board of Trustees is looking to further undergird the long-term growth and impact of our 153-year-old institution.  You will learn of some incredible generosity thanks to Jim ‘57 and Jeanne ‘56 O’Dell who have made a transformational gift to secure the future of our new OUAZ campus in Surprise, Arizona.  You will discover yet another example of how OU is living out its Christian faith commitment.  You will read of many examples of the vibrant life of a school that was once a small, one campus operation on the plains of Kansas and has grown now into a full and comprehensive university system serving over 4000 students and with revenues expected to grow by nearly 50% this year alone.  And, sadly, you will learn of the passing of some wonderful people who, each in their own special ways, helped to contribute to and shape the Ottawa University of today.

At the time you read this, Marylin and I will mark the tenth year of our service here.  The decision to accept the invitation of the Board back then was very difficult for us, as we were firmly rooted in St. Louis with family, friends, and leadership of company that we co-founded. Life there had become very successful and fulfilling for us.  Marylin had literally lived her entire life in that community.  The very thought of uprooting and moving to Ottawa, Kansas, to take on the multi-faceted challenges of a beloved but struggling school was daunting to say the least.  For both of us.

Now, those ten years have gone by seemingly in the blink of an eye.  With the help of five Board chairs who managed to completely surprise us with their individual retrospectives at our board dinner in Arizona at the end of February, we were reminded of all that we have faced at OU in that time—the struggles and the wonderful victories.  When one tries to put it all in perspective, it can feel overwhelming and breath taking.  But the net residual take-away from all of it is that we both feel that we have been very blessed to be a part of this portion of the Ottawa story.

So, now we look together to the future.  Our plan is to continue in our newly revised structure to lead into and through Vision 2020.  Continued growth, albeit more muted, for our OUKS Ottawa campus is the intent and the challenge for a new president for that campus.  Further stabilization and modest growth of our Adult, Professional, and Graduate studies programs is the plan there.  And the more rapid growth and expansion of our new campus in Surprise, Arizona must all be brought together in a way that delivers on our commitments to all of our constituencies wherever they reside and whatever role they play.  As a friend of mine says, “you have a lot of plate spinning to do.”

And so we mark another year in the journey of a fine institution.  Grateful for so much support and many blessings in so many configurations.  Challenged to do what we do but to do more of it and better.  Building lives and communities and organizations of significance.  These are fine things to get to spend one’s life doing, and so we do it gladly and with reverence.

We thank you for who you are, what you do for OU, and what you have meant to us.

In the OU Spirit,

Kevin C. Eichner
’73, MBA, LLD ’08

 

 



Kent Granger - In Memoriam

Posted by Paula Paine on May 23, 2011 in Alumni, "board of trustees", "The College"

Ottawa University Life Trustee Kent Granger passed away at the age of 74 on January 13, 2011, at his home in Punta Gorda, Florida. A memorial service was held at the OU™ Chapel on January 25. Granger graduated from Ottawa High School and spent one year at Ottawa University before graduating...

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Moore at Ottawa University-Kansas City

Posted by Paula Paine on May 23, 2011 in Faculty/Staff, "Kansas City", "Other News"

Ottawa University is pleased to announce the appointment of Kristen Moore as campus executive of its Kansas City campus. She succeeds Brian Messer, who has been promoted to Vice President of Adult, Professional and Online Studies, joining Dr. Brian Sandusky in that capacity. Moore brings to OU...

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Strong Dreams

Posted by Paula Paine on May 23, 2011 in Alumni, Athletics, NFL, "School of Arts and Sciences", "The College"

As the strength and conditioning coach for the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs, Mike Clark ’77  is living a dream. But it’s a dream that he didn’t allow himself to think about for the longest time. Originally from Wichita, Kansas, Clark grew up in the Kansas City area and...

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OU Dance Team Tops in the KCAC

Posted by Paula Paine on May 23, 2011 in Athletics, cheer, "Current Students", dance, spirit, "The College"

The inaugural KCAC Cheer and Dance Exhibition was held at Ottawa University’s Wilson Field House in March, and OU’s Dance Team was named as the Outstanding Dance Team. Five KCAC institutions – Bethany College, Ottawa University, Southwestern College, Tabor College, and the...

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Paige Gibson Interns with Career Athletes

Posted by Paula Paine on May 23, 2011 in Athletics, "The College"

Lady Braves basketball forward Paige Gibson served as a Career Athletes on-campus intern at Ottawa University for the spring 2011 semester. Gibson was one of 35 Career Athletes interns from across the country at NCAA Division I, II, III, and NAIA institutions. The overall goal of the internship...

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