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Executive VP Alfred Branch Returning to Private Business

Tuesday, August 26, 2008   (3 Comments)
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From Oklahoma Christian University President, Mike O’Neal

To the OC Community and Friends,

While every person who has dedicated himself or herself to the noble work of Christian higher education is worthy of honor, there are a handful of individuals who, due to their exceptional service, are worthy of double honor.  One of these individuals is our Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, Alfred Branch. 

Therefore, it is with great regret that I announce that Al will be leaving the full-time employ of Oklahoma Christian. 
Since joining the OC community in 1999 Al has been a tireless and dedicated example of servant leadership.  Through his efforts, OC has stabilized and improved its operating performance, experienced unprecedented growth marked by record enrollments, new programs, numerous construction projects and campus improvements, without compromising its financial future.  It has been suggested by many that OC has never been in a better place financially, spiritually and academically than we are today, and much of this credit should go to Al and Judy Branch.

Prior to joining the OC community in 1999, Al had a highly successful career in the real estate services community with the Trammell Crow Company.  During his tenure at OC, his expertise in real estate has proved invaluable as OC sought to modernize its physical plant and construct new facilities.  After much prayer and consultation, Al has chosen to return to the real estate development and management business as President of Moriah Properties, Inc. of Midland, Texas.  Moriah is the real estate investment and development company owned by long-time Branch family friends Dale and Cary Brown.  Some of you may know the Brown family through their connections with OC as well.  Dale is chair of the Board of Trustees of The Christian Chronicle.  Cary is married to alumna Jill (Johnson) Brown who is a member of OC’s Board of Development. 

Al will be stepping down from his role as Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer in early October to begin his work with Moriah.  Al and Judy will continue to reside in Oklahoma City.  I am very pleased to report that we are finalizing an arrangement with Moriah to allow Al to work on the management and development of OC’s real estate investments and major construction projects.  We are thankful to the Branch family for their desire to continue to serve OC in this important role and are deeply grateful for their faithful service to OC over the past nine years.

Al’s stepping down leaves a huge hole in our campus leadership.  In the coming days, I will be meeting with the leadership team to determine how to proceed with the many areas reporting to the Executive Vice President.  We will also schedule an appropriate occasion to honor Al and Judy and express our appreciation to them for all they mean to the OC community. 

Mike E. O’Neal


Michael J. Hefner says...
Posted Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Al Branch has done much for our campus and our collective family. He took the reigns of our school when circumstances left us without a President and he has been always a visable person on the Campus. His honor and Integrety our unmatched and he will be missed and the person who takes over for Al will have very very big shoes to fill. Al and Judy will be missed on the campus and their influence will be spread by all that knew them. Al we all love you and Judy and May the Lord bless you in all future endeavors. And for your sake this is the first and last time I will ever say this. "Hook'em Horns" Michael J Hefner, Class of 2006, Independence Missouri
Milton A. Spengler says...
Posted Sunday, August 31, 2008
I worked on campus in 2003 and 2004. Al Branch always made it a point to stop and talk to me when he was in the University Center. He usually made the comment "it's good to see you on campus." This did make me feel important as an alumni. And he had a great help-mate in Judy. Both are precious people. Milton Spengler, Class of '56, Winfield, KS
Carol J. Copeland (Rister) says...
Posted Wednesday, August 27, 2008
In the course of OC's history many men and women have given much to OC, however, none of them will leave a more visible 'footprint' of their work on the campus than Al Branch. In the past ten years his leadership and expertise have changed the face of our campus in many ways. Thanks for all you have done for the benefit of so many. Carol Copeland Omaha, NE

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