Dr. J. Terry Johnson, a 1964 Oklahoma Christian graduate, was the first alumnus to hold the office of president. During his 21-year tenure, the longest of any OC president, he led the institution to unprecedented growth in campus development, student enrollment, and institutional endowment. Oklahoma Christian achieved university status on March 28, 1990. By adding more faculty and new degree programs, he strengthened the academic programs. He strengthened ties between the university and both the local civic community and the church constituency. Outstanding on-campus events included visits from the President of the United States, governors, business leaders, and those famous in the arts and media.