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Oklahoma Christian to Retain Name

Monday, October 27, 2008   (4 Comments)
Posted by: Katy Watson
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Oklahoma City – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) officials said today that after several months of studying whether a name change would be beneficial, the university has decided to retain the current name.  OC President, Mike O'Neal penned the following letter for the OC family and friends:

Dear OC Family and Friends:

Over the past few months, the University evaluated the perceptions and opinions that its constituents have about the University. As a part of that evaluation, there has been discussion among those constituents of whether a different name would better reflect OC's growing national and international impact, would strengthen our ability to attract quality students and benefactors, and would further the University's mission to transform lives for Christian faith, scholarship, and service. Please be assured there was never any discussion of changing our Christian mission, nor will there be under this administration. Our sole desire was to consider whether a name change would have a positive effect on the University's stature and allow it to extend its reach and influence for the cause of Christ, for scholarship, and for service.

I am deeply grateful for your letters, e-mails, phone calls, and conversations concerning this important matter. Based on this input, I have concluded two things. First, it is the overwhelming desire of our alumni, students, faculty and staff to extend OC's impact throughout the world through its excellent, faith-permeated education. Second, the vast majority of those from whom I heard believe our current name enjoys considerable goodwill, is highly regarded in the local and national community, and aptly identifies our location and our mission. It is also a name in which we can build increasing brand value. For these reasons, we will not pursue a possible name change and will retain Oklahoma Christian University as our name and OC as our nickname.

Thanks to those of you who contacted us about this matter. It is encouraging to know that so many of you care so deeply for this great University. My love for you and for the mission of this great institution grows daily, and I have been encouraged by your responses. I hope you will continue to contact me and others at OC when you have a question or concern.

This is a wonderful time at OC, but I believe with all my heart that God has even greater things in store for us. With your support and prayers, we will continue to pursue comprehensive excellence and serve God, our community and the world.

In His service,

Mike E. O'Neal, President



Mickie J. Foris (Powell) says...
Posted Thursday, November 6, 2008
Thank you!
Billy W. Hancock says...
Posted Wednesday, November 5, 2008
As long as Oklahoma Christian teaches the Bible, and uses it as its true foundation, does not deter and start teaching other beliefs, then Oklahoma Christian is what it should be called. If there ever come a time, God Forbid, that Oklahoma Christian does NOT continue to believe in teaching the Bible, and using it as its foundation, then, and only then should the name be changed. I continue to support OC and will, until they decide to teach false teachings where the Bible is concerned. I am proud to be an alumni of Oklahoma Christian.
Ken Richter (Richter) says...
Posted Wednesday, November 5, 2008
While I somewhat "get" some of the reasoning behind a possible name change, I think the negatives would have far outweighed the positives. The motives would have always been questioned, and you know that media talking heads from everywhere would have had a field day with a university choosing to drop "Christian" from its name. If "Christian" causes international hardships, it can be a teaching opportunity to all that no matter what happens...we are not ashamed to be called Christian. Surely there are other ways to assist international students in coming to OC other than dropping "Christian". Finally, I hope that OC goes further in rebuilding positive relationships within the state of Oklahoma. For a wide range of reasons, some valid and many not valid at all, OC doesn't enjoy the support of its surroundings as much as many other Christian colleges and Universities. I think this needs to change.
James R. Theisen says...
Posted Wednesday, November 5, 2008
You have chosen... wisely... Sincere thanks for hearing our voice.

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