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From the President - Spring 2021

Clara E. Jones Administration Building with snow
A Brighter Future: The 2020–21 school year has been full of unprecedented events: a global pandemic, an historic Oklahoma ice storm in October, and an unusual number of snowstorms over the winter months. In each instance, the university community rallied to overcome the challenges, innovate, and grow stronger. Photo by Josh Robinson

Greetings Alumni & Friends,

This summer, my time serving this wonderful university as president will come to an end.

During periods of transitions like this, we have the opportunity to reflect on past successes and to look ahead and envision the path we will take forward.

Certainly our university community— not unlike institutions of higher education around the country — has faced historic challenges during my term. When the books are written, historians will undoubtedly agree that the Oklahoma City University family responded to these challenges with courage and grace.

As I began my presidency at OCU, I was filled with optimism and committed to moving OCU forward toward greater financial stability, gains in enrollment, improved alumni connections, greater pathways for student success, and the establishment of a solid framework from which to advance our efforts in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

I am ready to move on to the next chapter in my life, and I do so knowing we made significant progress in many of these areas, despite the challenges.

On a stable financial footing and leveraging the momentum we’ve gained, our university community should not be afraid to make big plans and chase big dreams. Let’s move ahead with confidence in our ability to achieve excellence. After all, we’ve been doing it, even when faced with seemingly insurmountable odds.

I believe that, for OCU, the best is yet to come and we should not be afraid to do what it takes to turn our thoughts of a bright future into reality.

Throughout my career, I’ve been inspired by words that are paraphrased from a passage in Ayn Rand’s “The Fountainhead”:

The question is not who’s going to let us, it’s who’s going to stop us.

Let’s not let anyone stop us as we take our university on a path to an even brighter future.

With peace and love,
Martha A. Burger

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