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.