Calling the school a place that “prepares you to make a life,” newly inaugurated Oklahoma Christian University President John deSteiguer said he expects to see the university's enrollment grow under his leadership.
The university held an inauguration ceremony Monday to install deSteiguer as its seventh president.
One of the challenges facing the university is the broad array of options available to students after high school, deSteiguer said. Traditionally, the university competed for students against public and private colleges and universities. Now, students have other options, such as for-profit colleges, that weren't available decades ago.
Oklahoma Christian, which is affiliated with the Churches of Christ, will need to differentiate itself as a place that offers a more holistic approach to education to remain competitive, integrating Christian principles into its educational model, deSteiguer said.
Officials announced deSteiguer as the university's new president in April. He succeeds Mike O'Neal, who retired in June.
At the ceremony, deSteiguer told students the university should prepare them for success in their careers, and to see the world and its problems from a Christian standpoint. Along with that comes the expectation that students serve their communities during and after college, he said.
“Here at OC, we serve students for good, and they serve others for good,” he said.