Thank you to our CCU Family for the outpouring of love and support you have given to our faculty and staff who were released on Friday and the prayers for the school we all care deeply for. We also thank you for the important questions you have raised regarding the direction of the school and would like to invite you to join us for a live-streamed chapel event tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. The link is available here as well as live on Periscope at 10:15 a.m. Follow us on Twitter @CCU1924
Our trustees and Chief Academic Officer will be answering questions regarding the recent restructuring here at Cincinnati Christian University. In the event that you won’t be able to attend the live event, the full video presentation will be available on our Vimeo channel tomorrow afternoon.
Cincinnati Christian University was founded in 1924 for the purpose of educating ministers and Christian leaders. We continue that mission today. As with many small, private universities, budgets have become tighter in recent years. We are constantly examining our institutional offerings so we can be certain that CCU is delivering a high quality Christian education. We continue to pursue the mission of developing students into selfless, well-rounded leaders who follow Christ and positively impact their community, country and world. Please continue to pray for our students, faculty and staff – we look forward to having you join us tomorrow morning.
The Board of Trustees
Cincinnati Christian University is fully committed to the Word of God and providing the highest quality education possible. We are a school that always has, and always will be, committed to training and sending Christian leaders into the local church and the world. In order to accomplish this mission, we must remain loyal to our historic purpose and be good stewards of the resources entrusted to us. The Board of Trustees takes seriously our calling to preserve this institution we dearly love.
We have spent the past six months evaluating the university’s future and charting a course for our long-term viability. The result is an aggressive, multifaceted plan that significantly restructures our entire organization. We have identified the recurring financial impediments from previous decades and are prepared to make the decisions necessary to overcome these obstacles.
Today some members of our faculty and staff were informed that their jobs are being eliminated. The decision to release any employee is always painful. Today was not an easy day for anyone who loves CCU, and all of the decisions have been made with prayer and a commitment to the school’s historic mission. As is standard, we will provide assistance to them during this difficult time. These faithful Christian workers have devoted decades of service to CCU. Join us in praying for them, their families, and their futures.
To our students, alumni, and supporters: we ask for your faith and prayers. Pray for our students who continue to pursue God’s calling for their lives. Pray for our faculty and staff during this season of transition. Pray that the Lord will bless our search for the university’s next president. And pray for CCU, our historic institution with an eternal purpose. Pray that all of our people will rally around the school that they love, fight to maintain unity, and proceed with the attitude of Christ.
CCU Board of Trustees
On Monday, October 12th, Ken Tracy announced to the Board of Trustees his intent to resign as President of Cincinnati Christian University. Tracy, the eighth President in the school’s history, will continue to serve in the role until October 31st. Tracy expressed a desire to return to the corporate world. He will immediately resume his role as president of TaleMed, a nationally recognized healthcare consulting company.
Tracy was appointed interim president of CCU in February 2014. The Board affirmed him for the position permanently in May 2014. In a letter to the CCU Family, he reflected on his experience, claiming, “For the last 18 months I have had the extraordinary privilege of serving as your president. This time will be a highlight to my professional career. I will always be grateful for your trust and friendship. For my wife, my family, and my personal ministry, I strongly believe that the Spirit is calling me to embrace new opportunities.”
The Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees is organizing the search for the university’s ninth president.