Vienna, W.Va.—This August, Dr. Mike O’Neal joined OVU’s upper administrative ranks as its initial Chief Operating Officer. Dr. O’Neal, who shares OVU’s vision of providing higher education through a Christian worldview, will oversee the internal operations of the university while Dr. Keith Stotts, OVU President, will continue his outreach to potential students and donors. Dr. O’Neal expresses his intention this way: “I have a strong belief in Christian Education. I’m here at Ohio Valley University to find a long-term path for operational and financial sustainability.”
At OVU, Dr. O’Neal continues an extensive career in higher education. He was named fifth President of Oklahoma Christian University in 2001; in June 2012, he became President Emeritus of OCU. Prior to his tenure at OCU, Dr. O’Neal served Pepperdine University in Malibu, California from 1976 to 2002 in several capacities, including General Counsel and Vice President of Finance and Administration as well as Chief Financial Officer. In 1991, Dr. O’Neal was named Vice Chancellor of Pepperdine University. During his years there, his office raised over $250 million. Dr. O’Neal’s long experience of Christian service extends to numerous educational, professional, and community organizations.
A native of Hugo and Antlers, OK, Dr. O’Neal is a life-long member of the churches of Christ, in which he has served as elder, Bible class teacher, song leader, and preacher. His involvement in mission work through the church is evidenced in his being named Chancellor, University of Rwanda.
Dr. O’Neal’s education includes Oklahoma Christian, Harding University, and Stanford University, where he earned his Juris Doctorate in 1974. He and his wife, Nancy, have two children. Their son Michael practices law in Oklahoma City, and their daughter Mandy Brensing holds a business degree and an MBA. Dr. and Mrs. O’Neal have six grandsons.
OVU extends a hand of Christian welcome to Dr. O’Neal and offers thanksgiving as well as prayers of encouragement for his new undertaking. Again, Dr. O’Neal’s words coincide with the hope and the intention of the entire OVU family: “We need to recognize the challenges of today and find a sustainable model for our future.”
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Chartered in 1958, Ohio Valley University is a faith-based, residential, liberal arts college founded by members of the Church of Christ. Students of all faiths are accepted and encouraged to apply. The university offers a variety of baccalaureate and master’s degrees to students from 26 states and 25 nations. To learn more visit www.ovu.edu.