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Letter from the President

Greetings from Oakland City University!

Welcome to the Oakland City University website. We are excited that you want to learn more about OCU. We are providing this website as a means for quick and efficient access to important information. Please take your time to investigate and discover the educational, spiritual, and social opportunities available at Oakland City University.

Higher education is a multifaceted process. Intellectual, spiritual, and the practical needs of students must be considered in delivering a comprehensive curriculum. This is why Oakland City University is dedicated to offering a three-fold approach to education.

First, we are committed to providing academic excellence. As an institution of higher learning, the essence of who we are is in the quality of education we deliver. Oakland City University seeks the highest-qualified professors who are leaders in their fields to teach our courses. To further demonstrate the quality of our academics offerings, Oakland City University continuously assesses our course offerings and obtains the most outstanding accreditations available.

Secondly, Oakland City University is committed to the spiritual formation of our students. Founded by the General Association of General Baptists in 1885, the University's roots are enriched and well-grounded in Christianity. We provide students with an environment conducive to spiritual growth and a support system which encourages students to live a life of Christian service in their chosen careers. Oakland City graduates are serving the world in a great variety of missional vocations.

Additionally, Oakland City University provides the practical experiences necessary for our graduates to be successful in the world of work. These practical experiences are provided through internships, mentoring programs, career counseling and onsite field experiences. Our students graduate with the knowledge, skills, and ethics to make a difference in the world.

After undergraduate success, many of our students return to the campus to continue their educational pursuits, enrolling in graduate programs. Oakland City University offers many programs of study at the masters level, including the Master of Art in Teaching, the Master of Business Administration, and the Master of Divinity. Oakland City University also offers programs at the doctoral level. Degrees can be earned in the Doctor of Ministry in Leadership and the Doctor of Educational Leadership. These terminal degrees prepare the student in a specialized field, and our graduates are recognized as major contributors to the body of knowledge in their areas of expertise.

Oakland City University has a place for you. Whether you are just beginning your undergraduate program or seek a terminal degree, we are the university for you. Our motto, "Enter to Learn, Go Forth to Serve," truly represents the educational approach of our institution.

I hope this website can assist you in learning more about Oakland City University. If there is any additional information you need or if you would like to speak with a campus representative about how Oakland City University can be a part of your future, please contact us at (800) 737-5125. We want to help you achieve your educational goals.

Ray G. Barber
Oakland City University



Dr. Ray G. Barber
Year Joined OCU: 1992

Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer:

Rev. Clint Woolsey
Year Joined OCU: 2008

Associate Vice President for Advancement:

Brian Baker
Year Joined OCU: 2001

Chief Financial Officer:

Todd Walls
Year Joined OCU: 2018


Dr. Daniel D. Dunivan
Year Joined OCU: 2005

Board of Trustees

The board of trustees of Oakland City University currently includes the following members:

  • Dr. Ronnie D. Black
  • Mr. Bill Blackburn
  • Mrs. Edna M. Brumfield
  • Mr. W. Harold Calloway
  • Rev. Joshua Carpenter
  • Mr. Jonas J. Cueche
  • Mr. Wally Duncan
  • Dr. H. Dean Jaggers
  • Mrs. Eddi Marie Julian
  • Mr. Gerald McCormick
  • Rev. William G. McMillen
  • Mrs. Brenda Nash
  • Mr. Alan Nass
  • Dr. Holly Pendleton
  • Rev. James Sanders
  • Mr. Frank J. Schultheis
  • Mr. Andrew P. Shockley

Honorary Trustees

  • Dr. W. F. (Buck) Provance
  • Dr. Elvis O. Wison
  • Dr. Curtis Yarbrough

General Association Representative

  • Rev. Clint Cook

Women's Ministries Representative

  • Mrs. Patti Thornton

Alumni Association Representative

  • Mrs. Susan Sullivan

Faculty Assembly Representative

  • Dr. Cassidy Nalley

Student Government Association Representative

  • Ms. Brittany Lantham


*To contact the Board of Trustees, please send a letter to:

Oakland City University Board of Trustees
c/o Oakland City University
138 N. Lucretia St.|
Oakland City, IN 47660