OC elects three to Board of Trustees

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Dec. 15, 2003 - Oklahoma Christian University has elected three community and business leaders to its Board of Trustees, bringing the number of board members serving the university to 27.

Named to the board are: Jim Ketcherside of McPherson, Kansas, retired president of Farmers Alliance; Phillip Roe of Nashville, Tenn., senior vice president of finance and chief accounting officer at Vanguard Health Systems; and Don Ziegler of Wichita, Kansas, vice president and partner in Ziegler Electric, Inc.

"We are excited to have these men agree to devote more of their time and resources to support Oklahoma Christian," said Dr. Mike O'Neal, Oklahoma Christian University president. "They each are respected and successful in their fields, and will be wonderful additions to our Board of Trustees. We especially are pleased to now have board representation from Kansas. The university has sought qualified trustees from that state because we draw so many students from there."

Ketcherside built Farmers Alliance from a small property casualty company into a leading regional provider. Though retired, he remains a valuable part of the company, consulting for other insurance companies on behalf of Farmers Alliance in the area of fixed income investing. A graduate of Washburn University, he serves as a deacon at McPherson Church of Christ. He and his wife Norene have three grown children. Their son, Kasey, is a former OC employee.

Roe, a 1980 Oklahoma Christian graduate, is a founding management investor of Vanguard Health Systems, serving in his current role since the company's inception in 1997. He coordinates all external and internal financial reporting in addition to various management and commercial banking activities for Vanguard, which owns 16 hospitals in Arizona, California, Illinois and Texas. A deacon at Harpeth Hills Church of Christ in Brentwood, Tenn., Roe and his wife, Melissa, have three children: Jennifer, Luke and Savanna.

Ziegler is a successful entrepreneur who is president of Ziegler Resources, Inc., in addition to his leadership roles with Ziegler Electric, Inc. A 1980 Oklahoma Christian graduate, he serves as a deacon at East Point Church of Christ in Wichita. He is and his wife, Patrice, have two children, both of whom currently attend Oklahoma Christian. Jennie is a senior and Bryan is a sophomore.

"I'm looking forward to working with Jim, Phillip and Don as fellow board members," said Don Millican, chairman of the board from Broken Arrow, Okla. "They will enhance the board's effectiveness in helping Oklahoma Christian's administration grow the university in both influence and in its quality academic programs."

The purpose of Oklahoma Christian University is to educate its students for Christian service and leadership. The Board of Trustees works to assure the purpose of the university is efficiently and effectively fulfilled by setting broad policy, and monitoring and evaluating the work of the university's administration. In addition to the 27-member Board of Trustees, 12 "Life Trustees" also lend their counsel and expertise to the university.

Oklahoma Christian, a private, four-year comprehensive university nationally ranked as a top-10 institution in the 16-state Western region by U.S. News & World Report, offers degree programs in more than 60 fields of study in three colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Biblical Studies and the College of Professional Studies. The university also offers graduate degree programs in Biblical Studies and Business Administration.

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