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President Search

Information for Potential Candidates

The Board of Trustees of Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, invites nominations and applications for the position of President, anticipated to take office in the summer of 2021. Learn more on the Spelman Johnson search firm website here.

The University

Founded in 1904, Oklahoma City University is a private, independent, coeducational institution with long-standing ties to The United Methodist Church and is recognized by its University Senate. The institution offers a diverse, inclusive culture committed to producing graduates who think critically and communicate effectively. With an enrollment of more than 2,400 students, OCU provides a liberal arts education that prepares students for a life of leadership and service.


OCU offers undergraduate and graduate programs in a wide range of disciplines. These programs are offered through two colleges:

  • The Margaret E. Petree College of Performing Arts includes the Ann Lacy School of Dance and Entertainment, the School of Theatre, and the Wanda L. Bass School of Music.
  • The Petree College of Arts and Sciences includes the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of Visual Arts, and the Wimberly School of Religion.

The Kramer School of Nursing; the Meinders School of Business; and the School of Law round out the academic units.

Recently the University introduced a Physician’s Assistant program which has grown rapidly with over 200 students already enrolled. The Doctor of Physical Therapy program is underway with its first cohort.

With more than 70 undergraduate programs, 24 graduate programs, a vibrant continuing education program, and a partnership with St. Paul School of Theology, OCU is a competitive higher education provider in Oklahoma and draws students from across the country.

The City

Oklahoma City University is an integral part of Oklahoma City, which is experiencing a cultural renaissance of its own with new urban development. The University has established strong relationships in the community and is known as “Oklahoma City’s University.” With the Law School’s recent relocation to the heart of the downtown area, faculty and students are contributing members of the greater community while offering a cultural enclave for all residents and visitors alike.


All nominations should be sent to