Presidential Search

The Board of Trustees invite applications for President of Oakland City University (OCU) in Oakland City, Indiana. OCU is a Christian faith-based learning community dedicated to the enhancement of intellectual, spiritual, physical and social development for positive leadership. The university was founded in 1885 by the General Association of the General Baptist and maintains affiliation to this day with more than 800 churches across the world. The co-educational university is centrally located between the cities of Indianapolis, Louisville, St. Louis, and Evansville in beautiful southern Indiana.

OCU consistently ranks as a top university in the Midwest for its affordability, campus safety record, its diversity and quality of academic programs in four schools with bachelor, masters, and doctoral degrees including Chapman Seminary. The university offers a modern 34-acre main campus with comprehensive facilities for academic, residential, student life, athletics, and community service. OCU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and by 13 other specialized accrediting bodies. University athletics compete in the NCAA Division II and the NCCAA Division I.

OCU offers 34 programs and operates with a student faculty ratio of 12:1. The annual operating budget is $30 million and the endowment is currently $10 million.
The university seeks a President who is a visionary, experienced administrator, skilled fundraiser, is morally and spiritually grounded in Christian tradition, prepared for fiscal leadership, has knowledge of enrollment and financial aid operations, is committed to collegial decision-making, and holds appropriate academic credentials.

The prospectus is posted at, and

For full consideration, applications must be received by May 11, 2019, and must include a comprehensive vitae, a letter of interest which addresses issues and expectations in the prospectus and five references with email addresses and phone numbers.

References will not be contacted without permission of candidates. Submit applications electronically in MS Word or Adobe PDF to the Presidential Search Chair Bill Blackburn at

Dr. Jim Davis, AGB Search Consultant, will respond to inquiries, nominations, and questions. He can be reached or (540) 539 9415.

Oakland City University is an equal opportunity university.

Presidential Search Committee

The following are members of the Search Committee:

  • Mr. Bill Blackburn, Chairman
  • Mr. Wally Duncan
  • Rev. Joshua Carpenter
  • Rev. Dr. Ron Black
  • Dr. Edna Brumfield
  • Mr. Gerald McCormick
  • Mr. Alan Nass
  • Mr. Jonas Cueche
  • Mr. Andrew Shockley
  • Dr. Douglas Low
  • Rev. Clint Cook
  • Dr. John Dunn
  • Dr. Buck Provance
  • Mr. Jerry Aigner
  • Dr. Wesley Payne

Search Updates

Friday, April 12, 2019

The Search Committee met April 12 on campus to review early applicants for the presidency and become more familiar with the confidential web site. In the first weeks of outreach 16 applicants completed their applications. Many others are expected over the next several weeks before the committee screens the pool to about 8 candidates. Committee members will do referencing on those persons selected.  A couple weeks later, the committee will hold confidential interviews for 8 persons and select 3 finalists.  Thereafter, those individuals will do day and a half open campus interviews. All campus constituencies will be invited to meet the candidates and share their views in an electronic survey. The committee and the board will make the final choice by early July. Thanks for your help with the search. 

Friday, March 8, 2019

The Presidential Search Committee met on Friday, March 8, 2019.  The Committee which is chaired by Trustee Bill Blackburn worked with the Search Consultant, Dr. Jim Davis, to organize the search, set timetables, edit and approve the content of the Ad and the Prospectus.  These documents will be circulated widely and used to recruit candidates for the position.  The documents will be posted on the university, General Baptist Association, and AGB Search’s web sites.  The Committee plans future meetings in April, May and June to review applicants, screen candidates for interviews, interview a select group of individuals, arrange visits to the campus for open interviews for finalists, and lastly, make the final selection.  Candidates will be kept confidential in the early phase and only the finalists with be asked to meet openly with campus constituencies.  The Search will conclude by early July with an appointment to made by the Board of Trustees.  During the Pre-Search phase, the Consultant met with a group of faculty, staff, students and Trustees to draft the Ad and Prospectus for Committee editing and approval. The Committee hopes anyone who wants to nominate candidates will do so as indicated in the Prospectus.