OCU to create Bell Tower in remembrance of Dr. Jerry W. Phillips
Oakland City University, Oakland City, IN – Dr. Ron Dempsey, President, is pleased to announce the Board of Trustees has approved the construction of the OCU Bell Tower in honor of the late Dr. Jerry W. Phillips. This project has been made possible largely due to the generosity of Mrs. Judy Phillips and her family. The OCU Bell Tower is a memorial in remembrance of Dr. Jerry W. Phillips who served the university as a Professor of Mathematics and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
The OCU Bell Tower will be located at the former site of Brengle Hall where Dr. Phillips taught for many years. Mrs. Phillips commented “I became excited about this project when I learned of its location. Jerry loved teaching students at Brengle Hall, and he had a loud, echoing voice. I believe the chimes of the OCU Bell Tower will echo across campus in loving memory of our husband, father, and friend.”
The OCU Bell Tower will stand approximately 47 ft. in height, and possess a wide range of carillon music (over 7,800 musical selections). Additionally, it will contain a Campus Alert System serving in emergency situations, and will broadcast audio during graduation, alumni/parent weekends, and other campus events. The structure will also show four illuminated clocks, and crosses embedded in the stone and brick.
Dr. Dempsey stated “Oakland City University is deeply grateful for the generosity of Mrs. Judy Phillips, her family, and the other donors who have given to see the OCU Bell Tower come to fruition. Their support of this bell tower, honoring a gentleman who invested his life at OCU, will add a striking focal point for our beautiful campus.”