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
  • Dr. Cathy Robb
  • Rev. Clint Cook
  • Dr. John Dunn
  • Dr. Buck Provance
  • Mr. Jerry Aigner
  • Dr. Wesley Payne
  • Mrs. Sydney Kendall

Search Updates

Friday May 31, 2019

I want to update the Board of Trustees and Oakland City University family and community on the Presidential Search Committee’s progress. Initially, we received information from 28 candidates. That field of candidates was reduced to 8 candidates for face-to-face interviews which were held Monday, May 27th and Tuesday, May 28th. Following completion of the interviews with all 8 candidates, that field was reduced to 3 candidates who will be brought to campus in June for a two-day visit where they will have opportunities to meet with you, faculty, staff, students, alumni, local government officials, and other interested parties.

Each of these groups will complete a survey and provide that confidential information to our consultant Dr. Jim Davis. Dr. Davis will summarize the information and provide it to the search committee. The Presidential Search Committee will convene on the morning of July 1 and make its final selection. Following that meeting will be a full Board of Trustee meeting where the Presidential Search Committee will make its recommendation to the Trustees. I have asked the Presidential Search Committee to attend the Board meeting so they will be available to answer any questions.

The three finalists are Dr. Brad Johnson, Dr. Patricia Ramsey, and Dr. Ron Dempsey.
Information they provided to the Presidential Search Committee is listed below for your review.

I want to express my appreciation to Dr. Jim Davis for his leadership and guidance, as well as to the entire Presidential Search Committee for their diligence and active participation in this entire process.

I encourage your continued prayers for the Presidential Search Committee and for the candidate that the Lord is preparing to lead OCU as its next President.

In His Service,
Bill Blackburn

Monday, May 13, 2019

The Presidential Search Committee met in Louisville on May 13 to screen the applicant pool from 29 to the 8 persons that best met the criteria found in the profile. These persons will have confidential interviews in the next three weeks and the committee will choose 3 candidates to do open interviews on the campus. The committee expressed pleasure in the quality of the candidate pool. 

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.   

Candidate Finalists

The three finalists are:

  • Dr. Ron Dempsey
  • Dr. Brad Johnson
  • Dr. Patricia Ramsey

The information provided to the Presidential Search Committee is available for your review in the download section.

Candidates will be visiting campus during the week of June 10th, 2019.  View the Schedule.

Candidate Feedback Surveys

The Oakland City University Search Committee is interested in receiving your feedback on each of the candidates being interviewed.

Candidate surveys were available starting at 4:00pm CDT, on the day the candidate arrived and closed 72 hours after the posting date.

Dr. Ron Dempsey – Tuesday, June 11

Dr. Brad Johnson – Wednesday, June 12

Dr. Patricia Ramsey – Thursday, June 13