From the Chancellor
Summer 2018

Dear Friends:

This letter is written to you in mid-summer, just after finishing our most recent fiscal year.  Long gone (if they ever existed) are the days when most folks at universities relaxed and took it easy until the students returned in the fall. For those of us at OU, the last year ended and the new one has opened with a crescendo of events and activities. OU has been a year-round educational institution for decades, so this is not exactly new here.
 
While our audit work is just beginning, it appears that we will have completed the 2017-2018 year with a new record in total revenues, eclipsing the $52 million mark for the first time in our history—nearly 40% above the prior year. This was driven by significant growth in our total student enrollments, particularly at our campus in Kansas and in Arizona with the launch of our OUAZ Surprise site.
 
Another major factor contributing to this growth was the best year in our history for donations, including in any capital campaign year. Friends like you contributed over $10 million, quite a remarkable sum for an institution that just ten years ago had seen only two gifts in its history over a million dollars.
 
As you might imagine, results like these buoy the spirit and lift our people. More importantly, they make an enormous difference in the lives of our students as they enhance talent, programs and facilities and the quality of the student experience.  We are grateful for this on many levels.
 
We are also grateful that we have completed our search for a new president for our Ottawa campus location. Dr. Reggies Wenyika began his work on July 16 to help lead our 153-year-old original campus to new heights and new outcomes. You can read about him and his family extensively in this issue of Spirit Magazine, but I will just say that myself and our team here, as well as the Board, feel very blessed to be welcoming someone of his stature and capability to our leadership team. He will be a game changer and most capable of continuing to build on the tremendous work done by his predecessors, Dr. Dennis Tyner and Dr. Terry Haines, both of whom have contributed mightily to bringing our home campus to outcomes not enjoyed since the early 1970s.
 
You will enjoy Reggies and his equally impressive spouse Bongi, and will appreciate their intellect, energy, creativity, and heart. I am already enjoying the process of introducing him to this wonderful institution that is Ottawa University and the broader Ottawa constituencies and look forward to welcoming him as a key member of our leadership team for years to come.
 
There is great energy and excitement about this new year on so many fronts: academically, in the athletic world, in the development of some wonderful new facilities, and so much more.  You, our friends and alumni, are central to making that happen as you always have. Thank you for that and so much more.

In the OU Spirit,

Kevin C. Eichner
’73, MBA, LLD ’08
 

 



Morris and Smith Named to Champions of Character Team

Posted by Paula Paine on May 20, 2011 in Athletics, "Current Students", "The College"

Ottawa University basketball players Tarryn Morris and Corey Smith have been named to the KCAC’s Champions of Character Team. Morris is a four-year letter winner for the Lady Braves. This past season she appeared in 29 games, with 20 starts. Morris averaged 3.3 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 2.6...

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Just Like Mike

Posted by Paula Paine on May 20, 2011 in Alumni, Athletics, "School of Arts and Sciences", "The College"

It’s not just Mike Clark who’s hit the big time in the strength and conditioning world. Ron McKeefery ’98 has been hired as the strength and conditioning coach for the University of Tennessee. From 2000 to 2010, McKeefery served as the assistant athletic director for strength...

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EMBArking on a New Venture

Posted by Paula Paine on May 20, 2011 in "Academic Programs", Arizona, EMBA, MBA, "School of Business"

While Ottawa University has been offering an MBA degree for several years, it is taking the degree up a notch with the introduction of its Executive MBA (EMBA). Though similar to the traditional MBA program, the differences in the EMBA include audience, delivery, focus, and price. The EMBA...

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What Numbers Can Never Tell You

Posted by Paula Paine on May 20, 2011 in Faculty/Staff, "Other News", "School of Business", "The College", "Upcoming Events"

President Kevin C. Eichner writes a bi-weekly column for the Ottawa Herald entitled "Leadership Matters." For our readers who don’t have access to the column, we would like to provide you with this recent example.

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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...

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