Past University Presidents
In the past six decades, Oklahoma Christian has transformed from a two-year college with 207 students in Bartlesville, Okla., to a comprehensive, four-year, accredited university with more than 2,000 students and four graduate programs in Oklahoma City.
Overall, Oklahoma Christian is now home to three colleges (Arts and Sciences, Biblical Studies, and Professional Studies), 14 academic departments, 60 majors plus 30 additional study areas, four graduate programs (Ministry, Divinity, Business Administration, and Engineering), and 20 study-abroad and off-campus learning options.
While the name, location and curriculum have changed significantly in a half-century, the motivation and ideals have remained intact.
Great leadership is another aspect that remains the same. James O. Baird was president of the university during the move from Bartlesville, and was instrumental in the university’s success in Oklahoma City.
As OC’s longest-tenured president, J. Terry Johnson helped spearhead comprehensive growth that established the university as a major institution with far-reaching impact in the Oklahoma City community and beyond.
President Emeritus Mike O’Neal continued that legacy over his decade of service as Oklahoma Christian transformed lives for Christian faith, scholarship and service.
To see the progress OC has made under the leadership of its first six presidents is amazing. One can only imagine the great strides the university will continue to make under our seventh president, John deSteiguer.