From the President
Summer 2017

Dear Friends:

As this is written, we are preparing for our summer board meeting and to wrap up our 152nd fiscal year of operations at Ottawa University. As I enter my 10th year as president of this special place, I look back in awe at what has been accomplished over the decade and forward with real optimism about what lies in front of us despite many challenges.

In particular, I am grateful that this past year we achieved the highest enrollment at our College in Ottawa since 1975, we were able to reverse a multi-year downtrend in new enrollments in our adult sites with a gain of 14% in new students and we announced the opening of our new residential branch campus in Surprise, Arizona. Taken together, these are momentous achievements for our University and come at a fortuitous moment in our institutional life.

These gains are made possible by new academic programs such as those in nursing, business, and in the international student arena where OU has once again managed to establish a highly successful Executive MBA program for students in the U.S. who come from international backgrounds. They are also made possible by a talented and enormously dedicated board of trustees, faculty, staff, and administrative team that day in and day out demonstrate their commitment to our mission and vision.

After some years of painful contraction (primarily in the adult markets), we are again repositioning OU for some significant new growth. In fact, we are budgeting revenues to grow by over 20% this coming year - the first such growth in many years - driven by new programs, the new campus in Arizona and enhanced fundraising. Very few educational institutions can even dream of such numbers in this day and age, and in that and many other ways we are blessed.

This growth is essential to us as we remain a tuition driven institution. However, through your generosity, our ratio of donated income to that of tuition is steadily improving. You - our friends, alumni, and donors - are key to all we do here. For your prayers, your referrals and your support in all of its forms, we are humbled and grateful.
We hope you enjoy this latest edition of Spirit Magazine.

In the Ottawa spirit,

Kevin C. Eichner ’73, MBA, LLD ’08

 



Softball

Posted by cservaes on September 19, 2011 in Athletics, "The College"

For the second straight year and the third time in five years, the Lady Braves won the KCAC Championship by tying Bethany with a KCAC record of 14-4. The Braves hit the 30-win plateau for just the second time in school history. OU’s 32 victories is a new school record for single season wins...

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School of Business to be Named

Posted by cservaes on September 19, 2011 in Alumni, Community, Events, "School of Business", "The College"

Homecoming 2011 will kick off on Wednesday evening, October 19, with the naming of Ottawa University’s School of Business in honor of former faculty member and alumnus Dr. Wayne Angell ’52 and former faculty member Dr. Sherwin Snyder. The ceremony will be followed by a business...

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Got Direction?

Posted by cservaes on September 19, 2011 in "Academic Programs", Alumni, Arizona, Community, "Current Students", Events, Faculty/Staff, Indiana, "Kansas City", Online, "School of Arts and Sciences", "School of Business", "School of Education", "The College", Wisconsin

That was the question posed to OU-Kansas City graduates by Ottawa University Board Member and Ransom Memorial Hospital (Ottawa, Kansas) Administrator Larry Felix during his 2011 Ottawa University – Kansas City commencement address on May 21. In answering that question, he proposed that...

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Wayne Angell Chair of Economics

Posted by cservaes on September 19, 2011 in "Academic Programs", Faculty/Staff, "School of Business", "The College"

Ottawa University is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Russell McCullough as its Wayne Angell Chair of Economics. McCullough brings to OU a unique blend of success in both the academic and business worlds. As an entrepreneur, McCullough has owned a construction company, a restaurant, a...

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Safety First

Posted by cservaes on September 19, 2011 in Alumni, "The College"

William H. Gossard has a passion for saving lives. And that’s what he, a senior program manager with the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), has spent his life doing. Gossard ’67 recently was added to the National Safe Boating Council’s Boating Safety Hall of Fame....

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