Oklahoma City University — President

The Board of Trustees of Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, invites nominations and applications for the position of President, anticipated to take office in the summer of 2018.

Position Summary
The University seeks a leader who is energetic, dedicated, creative, and fair, and who has a sincere appreciation for the spiritual values of many faith traditions, particularly of The United Methodist Church. Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the President of Oklahoma City University will provide visionary leadership that builds on the traditions of its founders’ vision and its excellence in liberal arts, professional, and graduate education.

About Oklahoma City University
Founded in 1904, OCU is a private, independent, coeducational institution with longstanding ties to The United Methodist Church and is recognized by its University Senate.

The institution offers a diverse, inclusive culture committed to producing graduates who think critically and communicate effectively. With an enrollment of more than 2,400 students, OCU provides a liberal arts education that prepares students for a life of leadership and service.

OCU offers undergraduate and graduate programs in a wide range of disciplines. These programs are offered through two colleges, the Margaret E. Petree College of Performing Arts which includes the Ann Lacy School of Dance and Entertainment, the School of Theatre, and the Wanda L. Bass School of Music; and the Petree College of Arts and Sciences which includes the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of Visual Arts, and the Wimberly School of Religion. The Kramer School of Nursing; the Meinders School of Business; and the School of Law round out the academic units.

Recently the University introduced a Physician’s Assistant program which has grown rapidly with more than 200 students already enrolled. In addition, plans are underway to introduce a program in Physical Therapy. With more than 70 undergraduate programs, 24 graduate programs, a vibrant continuing education program, and a partnership with St. Paul School of Theology, OCU is a competitive higher education provider in Oklahoma and draws students from across the country.

Oklahoma City University prepares all learners to Create, Lead, and Serve. OCU offers a diverse, inclusive culture committed to producing graduates who think critically and innovatively, communicate effectively, and use their knowledge and talents to make a local and global impact.

Oklahoma City University is committed to an education that: provides students with the skills and confidence to adapt to and excel in a complex and dynamic world; invests continually in its students, staff, faculty, alumni, and programming to enrich academic and co-curricular offerings; fosters partnerships within and beyond the university to enrich lifelong learning; develops informed global citizens ready to engage with their communities and contribute to the world develops graduates who are ethical, highly employable professionals; and honors our United Methodist history and tradition of scholarship and service

As the University’s chief executive officer, the President will:

  1. Provide a clear strategic direction and vision for the University that is inspiring and compelling while promoting the goals, mission, and values of the institution.
  2. Identify, understand, and articulate OCU’s mission and values celebrating the University as a welcoming and inclusive community in which to learn, work, and educate.
  3. Create partnerships with businesses and the greater OKC community.
  4. Promote the image of OCU as a private institution that is innovative, inclusive, and student centered.
  5. Develop a strategy to examine the potential for program expansion that would serve the needs of the business community and the region.
  6. Work effectively with the Board of Trustees.
  7. Understand and affirm the importance of shared governance.
  8. Oversee expanded revenue growth most often accomplished through enrollment and program (product) expansion.

For a complete list of responsibilities, please review the full Presidential Prospectus located at http://www.storbeckpimentel.com/pd/OCU/President.pdf


  1. A minimum of a master’s degree from an accredited institution; a terminal degree would distinguish the candidate.
  2. A record of senior leadership (minimum of 10 years) in an environment that promotes unity and a shared vision with internal and external stakeholders.
  3. Demonstrated ability to cast a vision that ignites sustained activity and excitement in and outside of the campus community about the unique education and contributions of OCU faculty, staff, students, and alumni.
  4. Comprehension of and commitment to sound fiscal strategies in the areas of operations, fundraising, and development.
  5. Demonstrated academic experience or transferrable skillsets amenable to implementing effective enrollment and retention strategies and championing relevant, effective program growth.
  6. Excellent communication skills in small and large groups as well as in one-on-one communication with staff, faculty, and students.
  7. Proven ability to work with multiple constituencies in a complex environment and a collaborative manner that demonstrates understanding, and conveys a sense of value for each constituent.
  8. Proven capability in developing strategies and assisting the leadership teams in the deployment of those strategies through tactical steps. Experience in effectively holding people accountable for achieving those objectives.

Application and Nomination Process

  1. Applicants must submit a current resume and cover letter. Review of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled. Submission of materials through the applicant portal listed below ensures confidentiality and is required.
  2. Applications should be submitted to: https://highereddecisions.com/hedcs/
    • Included in this submission should be a cover letter, CV or resume and a list of five references with one being a supervisor, one being a peer, and one being a direct report. (References will not be contacted without your permission.)
  3. Nomination letters should include the contact information of the nominee. All nominations will be handled in strict confidence and should be sent to Jan Asnicar at asnicar@storbeckpimentel.com.
  4. Questions regarding this process can be directed to:

Jan M. Asnicar, Partner
(913) 339-8928

Oklahoma City University pledges to recruit, select, and promote diversity by providing equality of opportunity in higher education for all current and prospective students, faculty, and staff with respect to hiring, continuation, promotion and tenure, and applications for admission or employment, without discrimination or segregation based on sex (gender), race, age, ancestry, color, disability, genetic history, national origin, marital status, medical condition, religious creed, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, pregnancy, parenting status, status as a veteran, or the perception that a person has one or more of these characteristics.


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