New Era Begins at Oakland City University

August 12, 2019, saw a new beginning take place at Oakland City University as the passing of the Presidential Medallion took place.
Dr. Ray Barber, retiring president, handed over the medallion and keys to the office to the new president, Dr. Ron Dempsey, in a ceremony in the Executive Office.
The ceremony began with a few words from Dr. John Dunn, OCU Chancellor and Transition Chairman. He then turned the proceeding over to Dr. Barber.
Dr. Barber led the group of staff, faculty, and friends in prayer. He prayed for Dr. Dempsey and Amanda, Dr. Dempsey’s wife, and the continued success of Oakland City University. He also expounded on his eleven-year career as president. He then placed the medallion over Dr. Dempsey’s neck as a symbol of transition from one president to another.
It was then time for Dr. Dempsey to speak. He expressed his excitement for what the future holds for the university.
He said, “It’s a very exciting place to be. I was very impressed when I was on campus for the interviews. With all the opportunities it has at Oakland City, I really think the Lord is really going to bless this place.”
The ceremony was completed with a prayer from Dr. Dempsey.
Once the ceremony was completed, it was time to get to work. Dr. Dempsey headed into his new conference room with his executive staff, ready to start the new era at Oakland City University.