Kentucky Christian University (Grayson, KY) and Cincinnati Christian University are two schools that, though separated by only 100 miles, share much in common: similar heritages, constituencies, Christian missions, and student bodies. While the institutions have been healthy rivals for decades, that rivalry, always steeped in mutual admiration and respect, is now turning into unprecedented collaboration.
The boards of trustees of both schools have voted to collaborate deeply, beginning with a management consultancy agreement through which executive leadership at KCU will offer leadership assistance at CCU. The preferred future for both schools is consolidation, creating the third largest Christian college among Independent Christian Church institutions of higher education.
Both KCU and CCU hold commitment to their respective regions and constituencies as a high priority. Even while sharing leadership for programs that are remarkably complementary and moving toward merger, the universities anticipate maintaining both physical campuses and university identities.
Merger will require approval by several entities, including accreditation agencies, financial institutions, and trustee boards. Formal approval of the management consultancy agreement, to be effective January 1, 2017, is set for October in meetings of both boards of trustees. A final decision on consolidation will likely be made in late 2017.