OCU Administrators Promoted

Ohio Christian University has named Dr. Hank Kelly as its first provost. Kelly has been OCU’s Executive Vice President since June 2006 and supervised the AIM onsite and online program designed for busy adults.  In his new role, he also supervises the traditional academic program that serves 425 full-time and 200 part-time students. 

Dr. Hank Kelly, OCU ProvostFor the fall 2011 semester, Kelly will also serve as the acting Vice President for Academic Affairs as Dr. Joe Brown, who has served in this position for eleven years, will take a sabbatical to accomplish some research and finish writing a book.

“As a critical member of OCU’s leadership team, Dr. Kelly has consistently led opportunities for growth and creative academic programming,” said Dr. Mark A. Smith, OCU’s president. “His expertise in academics and technology will be invaluable as he leads OCU to develop new educational models and new academic programs to serve the community and region.”

“I am very happy with the progress this university has made in growth and quality,” said Kelly. He added, “I am privileged to work with great faculty and staff dedicated to OCU’s mission.”

Kelly has more than twenty-one years of higher education administration experience. Prior to OCU he served as Assistant Vice President for Adult and Graduate Studies at Indiana Wesleyan University where he supervised the online program that grew from zero to 3,000 students during his eight years there. Kelly is a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and earned doctorate degrees in Engineering and Higher Education Administration.

Dr. Tim Eades, OCU Vice President for Adult EducationOCU has also promoted Dr. Tim Eades to Vice President for Adult Education from Associate Vice President, a position he filled since January 2010. He is responsible for the marketing, recruiting, academics, and student services for OCU’s AIM onsite and online program designed for busy adults. Under his leadership AIM enrollment has grown from 800 to 1,800. President Smith said, “I give Dr. Eades much credit for the enrollment growth in our adult programs. He is truly deserving of this promotion.” Eades was previously Associate Vice President of Marketing and Adult and Graduate Enrollment at Mount Vernon Nazarene University where he worked for ten years. He is an ordained Nazarene Elder and earned a doctorate in Ethical Leadership.

Ohio Christian University is one of the fastest growing universities in Ohio. Over the past six years enrollment has grown from 400 to 2,400. With a heritage dating back to 1948, Ohio Christian University offers a complete education that develops students intellectually, professionally and spiritually. OCU offers degree programs designed to equip students to become leaders in their careers, communities, families and in the world. Students enrolled in OCU’s traditional undergraduate program attend classes at its main campus in Circleville, Ohio. OCU’s AIM Adult Program offers 15 campus locations in the surrounding region as well as online degree programs.