“I have a great love for OVU and Christian education. OVU is needed in the Northeastern part of the United States. I want to lead the University to be the choice for private, Christian education in this area.”

-President Ross




Welcome to the new OVU website and the new OVU.

Since becoming president I have seen so many good things developing. New students are enrolling because they see in us a place where learning and faith unite. New partnerships are emerging to expand academic offerings and learning opportunities.  New relationships are found almost daily to engage with the world around us in so many ways.

I know firsthand the value of Christian education, knowledge joined with values in a community of trust and faith is powerful. In this environment, our students excel.  Everyone at OVU is blessed with the support and encouragement and love from each other.

When you visit campus, be sure to say hello to me. After chapel, is an especially good time. Or drop me a line by email with suggestions, questions or to just say hello. Especially find me if you think I can help.

From students through alumni, faculty, staff, parents and friends we all have a part.  Together, we are OVU.

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Twenty-five years of leadership experience with non-profit healthcare organizations, which serve populations made vulnerable through disability and/or economic hardship, prepared him for his next challenging role: leading Ohio Valley University in “a new vision of educating the whole person.”

“I have a great love for OVU and Christian education,” Michael states. “OVU is needed in the Northeastern part of the United States. I want to lead the University to be the choice for private, Christian education in this area.”

Michael and his wife, Kerry, attended OVU from 1986-1988, leaving only so he could pursue a degree in psychology at Harding University. He earned his BA there in 1991 and is currently completing his MS in Management and Leadership through Western Governors University.

Michael credits his marriage to OVU, as well as the couple’s development in Godliness to the spiritual environment of the campus. Michael’s spirituality was strengthened, not only in the OVU classroom and under the influence of his professors, but also through his involvement in Express, Acapella Singers, and the basketball team. He and Kerry have been married for 28 years and are the parents of 8 children, ranging in age from 27 to 5, some of whom are adopted. As foster parents, Michael and Kerry have provided a home to multiple children over the years. Returning to the OVU family in 2019 gives Michael the opportunity to pay forward the benefits of a strong Christian education.

When asked how he sees his new role as President, Michael says he will be a “catalyst,” one who guides the development of “individuals capable of making a difference in the world in which they live.” OVU, he believes, is “a uniquely Christian university,” with the opportunity “to inspire deep spiritual motivation” throughout the entire college experience. When asked what he would like the student body, faculty/staff, and the community to know about the role the President plays in OVU’s mission, Michael replies that this will be a “new day” for OVU, and yet throughout the changes and challenges, “honored traditions” will be valued.

 “My greatest role,” he continues, “is to be your leader.” To Michael, leadership involves everything from cheering others on to teaching them and praying for them. In conclusion, Michael quotes from the OVU mission statement, which he plans to make a reality: “Transforming lives in a Christ-centered academic community that integrates higher learning, biblical faith, and service to God and humanity.”