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President's Message

Message from the President

As an alumnus of Oklahoma City University and as a former trustee, I know how special OCU is to its students, alumni, trustees, and Oklahoma City community members. As the university’s 18th president, I welcome you and cannot wait to meet you in person!

Oklahoma City University has gained tremendous ground since its inception under the name Epworth College more than a century ago. Our students come from nearly all 50 states and some 50 countries and comprise a talented, impressive, and driven student body. They come to us ready to excel and in turn, they receive the skills they will need to create, lead and serve.

Students versed in the liberal arts leave college as well-rounded thinkers. They are analytical and articulate whether they have majored in dance, biology, business, or exercise studies. They are ready for anything.

The reason CEOs of major companies value training in the liberal arts is that they provide a broad foundation of knowledge and critical thinking. Functioning in modern society requires an understanding of how to speak, write and organize knowledge, as well as an understanding of science and the arts.

Our students have become skilled doctors and nurses, leading scientists and lawyers, noted public servants and artists, successful entrepreneurs, and outstanding professors. The very first chapter of the (now national) biology honor society, Beta Beta Beta, was formed on our campus in the 1920s by Dr. Frank Brooks. Dancers, musicians, and actors taught at OCU have appeared in venues all over the world, building a reputation for the performing arts that is unparalleled. Our alumni include Emmy, Grammy and Tony award winners.

The OCU Stars field 22 varsity sports and have won more national championships than any other NAIA school. And in 2018, for the second year in a row, OCU won the coveted NAIA Learfield Directors’ Cup.

We have much to be proud of at Oklahoma City University. Its listings in the top tier of the regional, master's level university category by U.S. News and World Report, in the 100 Best College Buys, in America's Best Christian Colleges and, in 2017, as one of The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” are reflective of the culture of excellence that we have built.

The United Methodist Church has repeatedly demonstrated its strong support for our university as a place where people of all faiths can seek higher learning, hone their talents, and pursue their dreams. Local civic and business leaders have shown an active interest in the future of Oklahoma City University as a community asset, building partnerships that are truly making us “Oklahoma City's university.” I am so pleased to be leading this special university into the future, building on the hard work of all who have come before. Go Stars!

—Martha A. Burger, President