OCU’s Morrow, Georgia Campus Celebrates the Grand Opening
More than 100 community and business leaders were on hand to witness the December 4 grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony at Ohio Christian Universities Dr. Malon Mimms Education Center in Morrow, GA. Dr. Malon Mimms, his wife Kaywin and sons Robert Mimms and Lonnie Mimms attended this tremendous day of celebration. Also attending on behalf of the late Dr. Jim Dornan were his daughter and grand-daughter, Heather Dornan and Ashley-Kate Dornan along with son Eric Dornan and his wife Abby Dornan. The Mimms and Dornans gave generously to see this education center serve the Clayton and Henry County communities. Many state and local government leaders were also present and spoke including Mayor J.B. Burke of Morrow and Clayton County Chamber President & CEO Yulonda Darden Beauford. A strong contingency from Ohio Christian leadership were present, including OCU’s President, Dr. Mark Smith; Provost, Dr. Hank Kelly; Assistant Provost and Vice President, Dr. Tim Eades; and Vice President of Advancement, Mr. Mark Taylor.
Dr. Shawn Thomas, OCU’s Director of Enrollment and Operations and formerly Vice President at SunTrust Bank kicked the festivities off and spoke passionately of how the reality of the Morrow campus came about as vision met faith. Dr. Thomas expressed that what is happening in Morrow is nothing short of divine intervention. In just four short months since the doors officially opened, the location is serving almost 30 students with hundreds more anticipated in 2014. Ohio Christian University is about partnerships and formal partnerships have been forged with local ministries and businesses along with institutions like Southern Crescent Technical College. Ohio Christian University is on the move in Morrow, GA.
President Mark Smith spoke of his relationship with the Mimms and Dornan families and their generosity and commitment to Christian higher education in the greater Atlanta area. Dr. Smith shared, “Ohio Christian University is a Christian university that prepares students to lead and serve the church and society. We highly value education and have a commitment to enhance the communities in which we serve and to promote great citizens. We are an institution that adds value by creating opportunities for those who need extra assistance in life’s journey. We value education and will provide a high quality, low cost alternative to Georgia students. Our goal is that students will lead their communities through strong Christian values and a great work ethic.”
One of the most special moments of the day was the unveiling of two beautiful portraits of Dr. Malon Mimms and Dr. Jim and Nancy Dornan. These will both be placed in the facility. Ms. Latonya Holmes, Corporate Developer and Recruiter for Morrow assisted with the unveiling of the portraits. Visibly moved, she said, “What these families did for OCU changed my life! What is about to happen will be amazing.”
Ohio Christian University, founded in 1948 is one of the fastest growing universities in the nation, and is committed to offering a complete education that develops students intellectually, professionally, and spiritually. OCU offers degree programs for traditional undergraduate students, graduate students, and adult and online students at 14 locations and online. Additionally, OCU’s Trailblazer Academy allows high school students to complete college classes online. All programs are designed to equip students to become leaders in their careers, communities, families, and the world. Ohio Christian is accredited by the Ohio Board of Regents, the North Central Association of the Higher Learning Commission, and the Association for Biblical Higher Education.
For more information regarding OCU’s programs of study in Georgia or online, call 855-OCU-GRAD or visit www.ocugeorgia.com