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Kentucky Christian University and Cincinnati Christian University Announce Merger Discussions

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.


Plant Your Flag



We know you believe in CCU’s mission to create a strong university, today and tomorrow, for our students. The support you give is invaluable and crucial to our development as we continually build for the future. That’s why we’ve created this unique and exciting way to display your CCU pride!

Show your support visually by planting a flag and financially by making a gift.

Simply start by planting your virtual flag on the map by dragging and dropping it on your city. Show other CCU fans, alumni, and donors where you are. Watch as the map fills up and others show their support!


92nd Commencement Honors

This weekend marked our ninety-second commencement. Congratulations to all of our graduates on your achievements. Listed below are the students who received special honors.

Cum Laude
Tabatha Borton
Cherie Marie Houchin
Hannah Michelle Dunning
Sierra E. Forrest
Kaitlyn Moriah Patterson
Milton Trice III
Stephen Jonathan Underwood

Magna Cum Laude
Moriah Noelle Anderson
Dylan Richard Bjorklund
Lindsey Brandhorst
Laura Elizabeth Semones
Sigrid Victoria Skaggs
Angela Muchmore

Summa Cum Laude
Stephen F. Anderson
Justin L. Andler
Alec Gregory Dalton
Maggie Forrest
Lena M. Jasper
Emerson Kennedy
Lauren Michelle Wisecup

Chi Sigma Iota
Jacinda R. Cravens
Jessie Dayton
Kristina Lee Demuth
Melissa Eddy
Amy D Frazee
Lindsay C Harless
Rachael Janszen
Jeremy S. Jordan
Nathaniel D Keyse
Peter John Leighton
Zachariah Scott Mays
Sabrina Nicole Mignerey
Joy Lucille Nowlin
Robert Owens
James Louis Patrick
Julie Bezold Schild
Rosalind Smith Sistrunk
Cynthia A. Spicer

Honors in Leadership
Dylan Richard Bjorklund
Sigrid Victoria Skaggs
Carly Anne Bishop
Alexandra Bunch
Justin Duenne
Aaron Lee Duncan
Alex Honeycutt
Nicholas Dwight James
Kassidi LeighAnn Lawson
Derreck Michael Lovelace
Mark Rankin
Jennifer Lynn Rohling
Seth Alan Shipman

Delta Aleph Tau
Dylan Richard Bjorklund
Sigrid Victoria Skaggs
Carly Anne Bishop
Aaron Lee Duncan
Seth Alan Shipman
Tabatha Borton
Hannah Michelle Dunning
Kaitlyn Moriah Patterson
Stephen Jonathan Underwood
Moriah Noelle Anderson
Lindsey Brandhorst
Laura Elizabeth Semones
Alec Gregory Dalton
Maggie Forrest
Emerson Kennedy
Lauren Michelle Wisecup
Roger Thomas Bishop

Departmental Award Recipients

Bill Keith Counseling
Jacinda R. Cravens

Justin L. Andler
Jaelyn Cochenour
Carina Anne Miller

Christian Ministry
Milton Trice III

Church Growth
Darin J. Hudson

CALL Class Representative
Mark A. Brasington

Communication Arts
Tabatha Borton

Lindsey Brandhorst

Moriah Noelle Anderson

Sean Varady

Dylan Richard Bjorklund

Music & Worship
Hannah Michelle Dunning

New Testament
Aaron Lee Duncan

Old Testament
Seth Alan Shipman

Alec Gregory Dalton

SCJ Promising Scholar
Emerson Kennedy
Andrew Kellum Liljestrand

Seminary Class Representative
Jonathan Garrett

Theological Studies
Glen R. Shady

Undergraduate Class Representative
Sigrid Victoria Skaggs

Urban & Intercultural
Moriah Noelle Anderson

Youth Ministry
Carly Anne Bishop

To view the full program for all three commencement ceremonies, click here.

Pre-Law Students Present before Judge

As part of their learning in Constitutional Law class, CCU Pre-Law students Christy Andrews and Perry Moore researched the legal issues surrounding the Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell case. They each wrote court briefs summarizing their findings, which is work typically reserved for law students.

As the culminating activity for their class, they were privileged to present their case arguments before Hon. Robert C Winkler, Judge of the Court of Common Pleas for Hamilton County. Judge Winkler has been serving the courts since 2002 and was impressed with the level of work produced by these Pre-Law students. At the conclusion of their arguments, he provided feedback on their presentations as well as invaluable insight into the justice system.

Adjunct Professor Bill Frank has been practicing law in Cincinnati for 29 years. He made the necessary arrangements for his students to present their case in front of a judge. Regarding his students and their efforts, Professor Frank said, “Christy and Perry’s performances were third-year law school quality. This is one example of how the CCU Pre-Law program will continue exposing students to the actual practice of law as recommended by the American Bar Association in its recent statement on Pre-Law education.”

If you are interested in learning more about CCU’s Pre-Law Program, schedule a visit or contact Admissions today 513.244.8100.


MAC Program Summer Enrollment

Our Master of Arts in Counseling program (MAC) has been accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) since January of 2014. This accreditation assures the quality of our academic program, streamlines the licensure application process for our students, and increases faculty productivity in areas such as research, publication, and service.

The CACREP Board extends two- and eight-year accreditation cycles. It is common for programs seeking initial accreditation (such as CCU’s MAC program) to receive a 2-year accreditation. In October 2015, we submitted an Interim Report to extend our accreditation for the remainder of the accreditation cycle, and it was approved.

Based on our program results and site evaluations, our CACREP accreditation for the MAC program has been extended through the remainder of the eight-year accreditation cycle ending on March 31, 2022.

We have also recently expanded our offerings for the 2016-17 academic year. With new faculty and a more streamlined clinical training process, we are able to accept additional students. Our application deadline has been extended to June 15, 2016, for the Fall semester. Apply online today or contact us to learn more about joining the MAC family – 513.244.8426

CCU Awarded Three-Year Lilly Grant

Cincinnati Christian University has received a grant of $986,807 as part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s National Initiative to Address Economic Challenges Facing Pastoral Leaders. The initiative supports a variety of religious organizations across the nation as they address the financial and economic struggles that can impair the ability of pastors to lead congregations effectively. The Endowment is giving $28 million in grants through this initiative. The grants are part of the Endowment’s commitment to supporting the pastoral leadership development of clergy serving in congregations across the United States.

CCU is partnering with the Lilly Endowment to develop and implement the “Double Honor Initiative.” The initiative’s title is inspired by a verse from the Bible, 1 Timothy 5:17, which says that leaders “who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.” “Double honor” here is widely understood to refer to both respect and material compensation, making this verse foundational to the Church’s theology of paid pastoral leadership. In the context of the Initiative, CCU wishes to extend “double honor” to students and alumni who serve in a variety of churches and not-for-profit organizations by providing a wide range of tools and services to enhance effective leadership.

The “Double Honor Initiative” will be directed through CCU’s new “Center for Church Leadership.” Through this initiative, CCU seeks to create a sustainable model that addresses the economic challenges facing pastoral leaders and reduces attrition caused by economic concerns. Relief will come in three forms:

  1. Direct financial assistance to pastoral staff and congregations/ organizations within the Center’s network;
  2. For-credit and not-for-credit educational and consulting opportunities that will improve the personal and organizational financial management skills of ministerial staff;
  3. Educating congregations for best practices of ministerial compensation. Particular attention will be given to the development of self-sustaining enterprises that can enhance the financial sustainability of churches and organizations and, thus, of their ministerial staff.

Dr. Tim Wallingford has been appointed as Director of CCU’s “Center for Church Leadership” and will be guiding the “Double Honor Initiative.” Dr. Wallingford comes to CCU after successful life-long leadership within the local church. He has served as minister of congregations with 23 members to 2300 members. Wallingford shares, “The Center will provide mentoring, coaching gifts, scholarships, resources, networking, partnership and much more to ministers and the local church.” CCU’s Interim President, Dr. David Ray, notes that “The awarding of this almost $1 million grant from the Lilly Foundation is a strong encouragement to Cincinnati Christian University and will provide a significant resource to strengthen its long history of preparing men and women for leadership within the local church and not- for-profit organizations.

Cincinnati Christian University is one of 27 organizations taking part in the initiative, which represents a variety of Christian traditions, including Baptist, Catholic, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Church of God (Anderson), Episcopal, Independent Christian Churches/Churches of Christ, Lutheran, Mennonite, Methodist, Presbyterian, Reformed and Wesleyan churches, as well as non-denominational, and historic African-American Christian communities. They include denominational pension and benefits boards; local and regional denomination judicatories, such as synods and dioceses; and denominational foundations. CCU is currently the only institute of higher education associated with the initiative.

Each program is customized to the needs of pastoral leaders in each religious tradition, but the programs have much in common as they:

  • provide incentives for clergy to take part in personal finance education
  • offer low-or no-cost financial planning and counseling
    match contributions for pastors and congregations that enroll in
  • pension savings programs
  • help pastors create emergency funds
  • develop strategies that help young pastors pay down or eliminate educational debt
  • create new scholarships so that seminarians borrow less while in school

“Pastors, especially those just beginning in ministry, accept low salaries as part of their commitment to God and to church. Many enter ministry with significant debt from their undergraduate and seminary years and often have little financial resiliency when financial emergencies arise,” said Dr. Christopher L. Coble, vice president for religion at the Endowment. “These organizations understand the importance of the financial well-being of pastors and the implications for the congregations they serve.”

An additional grant to the Indianapolis Center for Congregations will establish a coordination program for the initiative that will help the Endowment track success. It will bring together leaders of the diverse programs to foster mutual learning and support and help build a network of organizations committed to supporting the financial well-being of pastors and their congregations.

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by three members of the Lilly family – J.K. Lilly Sr. and sons J.K. Jr. and Eli – through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly & Company. The Endowment exists to support the causes of religion, education and community development. Lilly Endowment’s religion grant making is designed to deepen and enrich the religious lives of American Christians. It does this largely through initiatives to enhance and sustain the quality of ministry in American congregations and parishes.

Dr. Tom Thatcher, Chief Academic Officer,  513.244.8172
Dr. Tim Wallingford, Director of Center for Church Leadership, 513.244.8168

CCU Connection

During this season of transition, the Board of Trustees wants CCU alumni, family, and friends to have access to the latest information about our institutional transition. Be sure to access this webpage for the latest information.

CCU Connection (March 2016)
November Trustees Letter (PDF)
Announcement of Interim President

October 27, 2015 Chapel Service Interview with Trustee Ron Heineman and Chief Academic Officer Tom Thatcher

October 27, 2015 Seminary Forum Interview with Trustee Ron Heineman and Chief Academic Officer Tom Thatcher

CCU Announces Interim President

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The Board of Trustees of Cincinnati Christian University announces the appointment of Dr. David Ray as the university’s interim president. The Board selected Dr. Ray to ensure a smooth leadership transition to the next full-time president of CCU. He will serve as interim president until the new President is appointed.

Dr. Ray has led churches in Tennessee, Indiana, and Ohio, including over 18 years at Parkside Christian Church in Cincinnati and 5 years with Christ’s Church at Mason. Since 2011, David has been on the faculty of Cincinnati Christian University as Professor of Practical Ministries. In July 2013 he became Dean of Cincinnati Bible Seminary and most recently (in 2015) assumed the role of Dean of CCU’s Russell School of Ministry.

David received his bachelor degree from Johnson University (Tennessee), a Master of Divinity from Emmanuel Christian Seminary (Tennessee), and his Doctor of Ministry from Southern Seminary (Kentucky). Dr. Ray will continue to serve as dean of the Seminary during this interim period.

An Invitation from the Trustees


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

A Message from the 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

CCU Announces Resignation of President Ken Tracy

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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.

R.J. Kidwell (1928-2015)

rjThe CCU family mourns the passing of former professor R.J. Kidwell.

Born on August 8, 1928 in Anderson, Indiana, R.J.’s moved with his family to Georgetown, Kentucky when he was a junior in high school. He came to Christ as a senior in high school. He attended a revival at the Minorsville Christian Church in Kentucky and moved to make a decision for the Lord. That night, R.J. was baptized in a creek across the road from the church and committed his life to preaching the gospel. He would spend the next 55 years proclaiming Christ in located ministries.

R. J. attended Cincinnati Christian University where he met his wife Patsy Gibson (who passed in 2013). He graduated in 1950 with a Bachelor of Sacred Literature. Together, they started churches in Michigan and Texas. While in San Antonio, he also served as President of Southern Christian College (he later led the college to merge with Dallas Christian College). In 1965, R. J. accepted an invitation to return to his alma mater where he taught ministry students for 35 years. While a faculty member, he ministered with the Sherman Church of Christ (Kentucky) for 24 years and at Elsmere Church of Christ (Kentucky) for 18 years. R.J. went home to be with the Lord on September 26, 2015.

R. J. is survived by his daughters Vicky (Steve) Kehrer and Pam (Jay) Link, son Jay (Lisa) Kidwell, 11 grand children and 16 great grand children. All his children and grandchildren continue to be active in the work of the kingdom. R.J.’s work as a minister of the gospel will live on throughout eternity.

Services will be held on October, 1, 2015 at the Elsmere Church of Christ (124 Carlisle, Elsmere, KY 41018). Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Celebration Service at 11:00 a.m. A graveside service will follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be sent to Cincinnati Christian University.

Greek Life Comes to CCU

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Throughout our history, student organizations have been formed to enhance the educational experiences of our students. This fall, Cincinnati Christian University welcomes yet another new student organization to our campus.

Kappa Phi is a nationally-recognized Christian sisterhood that emphasizes four pillars of programming: friendship, service, study and worship. The partnership was initiated since Kappa Phi is a non-selective organization open to any female CCU student. While their members may wear Greek letters, Kappa Phi is independently run and is not affiliated with the National Panhellenic Conference of sororities. Kappa Phi has chapters on over 25 college campuses across the US and is growing each year. The ministry’s mission is to help college-age Christian women become “lights in the darkness.”

Last week, seven of our students took their first steps in becoming active members of the organization by participating in Degree of the Pine, a Kappa Phi tradition. This workshop and ceremony was not just a first for CCU, but was a historical moment in Kappa Phi’s 100 year history as well. CCU’s workshop marked the first time that all members of Kappa Phi’s National attended a Degree of the Pine workshop together. Kappi Phi leadership from all over the country assisted the ladies in the new CCU chapter in taking their vows as new pledges.

CCU’s Kappa Phi Chapter will host a number of events on and off campus this year and will become officially installed as a new chapter in a public ceremony this December. To learn more about Kappa Phi, visit or email [].

ABOVE PHOTO: Photo of the founding members of CCU’s Kappa Phi chapter (left to right): Jessica Ellington, Gabriela Vijil, Andrea Linn, Elizabeth Layton, Rachel Fish, and Empres Minnifield. Not pictured: Sarah Stacy and Alyssa Johnson.

Leading In Church Leadership

A recent Kairos survey revealed that CCU (and Cincinnati Bible Seminary) alumni account for the highest percentage of Senior Ministers among Restoration Movement congregations. The full survey results are available by clicking here.

As Cincinnati Christian University continues to expand our Business, Education, and Communications offerings, we are still deeply devoted to preparing the next generation of vocational church leaders who will meet the challenges of ministry. This is not only visible in our strategic vision, but in statistical results.

Our recently announced Teaching Church, Honors Program, and Urban initiatives ( showcase our commitment to developing students into selfless, well-rounded leaders who follow Christ and positively impact their community, country and world. President Ken Tracy affirmed this focus, saying, “CCU will continue to expand on limited definitions of ministry. Still, we are fully committed to supplying preachers, youth ministers, and missionaries who will impact the kingdom over the decades to come.”

Center for Stone Campbell Heritage

CCU is pleased to announce the creation of the Center for Stone-Campbell Heritage. CCU has played an important role in the emergence and development of the Christian Churches/Churches of Christ and will host the new center on our campus.

The historic development and growth of the Christian Churches/Churches of Christ is both unique and important. Currently, our fellowship does not have a archival and research center directly associated with our history. Both the Disciples of Christ and the Churches of Christ have such heritage centers.

Until recently, the Disciples of Christ Historical Society served every segment of the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement. The DCHS has now fallen under the exclusive control of the Disciples of Christ and has focused its efforts on serving as a denominational archive and research center specific to the Disciples of Christ. This has created a vacuum for preserving our unique heritage.

1. To collect, preserve, and make available for research materials related to the history of Christian Churches/Churches of Christ and the larger Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement.

2. To acquire and preserve both documents and artifacts affiliated with the Christian Churches/Churches of Christ and the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement.

3. To form a digital archive for the preservation and distribution of research materials.

The Center for Stone-Campbell Heritage desires to be the premier academic research collection for all materials related to the Christian Churches/Churches of Christ. However, the center will also appeal to a popular level, providing access and resources for churches and individuals to pursue a more thorough understanding and connection to their faith tradition.

If you are interested in contributing to the development of the Center for Stone-Campbell Heritage, contact Dr. Rick Cherok at

Building For Today: Housing Renovations

As we continue to pursue our plans for our new housing units to be opened in 2016, CCU is taking steps to ensure that our current dorms are top-notch. This summer, both Alumni and Restoration Halls are undergoing major renovations. Both the dorm rooms and the lobby areas are seeing major improvements, including new flooring, painting, and new furniture.

Josh Mason, Director of Operations, has his team working non-stop to make sure that the aggressive rehabilitation schedule is completed by the time that students return in August.

President Tracy noted, “We’re constantly investing in the CCU student experience. When our students get back on campus, they’re going to love all the changes happening in the their home away from home.”

Pictures of the work thus far:

First floor of Alumni Hall is prepped for new flooring

Restoration1Third floor of Restoration Hall has been completely cleared

Restoration4The fourth floor lounge in Restoration Hall is being renovated

Restoration3The bathroom on first floor of Restoration Hall has new tile

Restoration2New flooring has been already been installed in parts of Restoration Hall

Alumni2The lobby in Alumni Hall will also have new amenities

Commitment to Ministry


CCU’s ministry programs are well-rounded, biblically-based, and theologically sound. Our urban location also allows ministry students to gain exposure to the latest trends and innovations. To continue to bolster our curriculum, several new initiatives are being launched this coming academic year that combine academic excellence with field experience.

CCU is taking advantage of our centralized location to significantly increase the amount of time students spend in real-world ministry contexts. We are collaborating with a dozen partner churches in the Cincinnati area to create a program that allows students extensive time in the field. They will get involved in the life of the local church from the very beginning of their studies. Students will be assigned to a local teaching church during their freshman year and will serve, shadow, and observe. In the following years, they will become more deeply involved in ministry and, eventually, complete a one-year internship. The teaching church program will involve no extra cost to students and will not require them to leave Cincinnati. These meaningful ministry experiences will provide opportunities to put what they learn in the classroom into practice.

CCU recently finalized an agreement with BLOC Ministries, an urban ministry that works with under-resourced families and kids in the Greater Cincinnati area. Students will work with BLOC for cross-cultural experiences in a wide range of settings including schools, mentoring programs, and self- sustaining businesses. The program culminates in an extended, immersive experience that allows students to live and work in an inner city context for up to two full years. The city will serve as a laboratory for the theory they learn from faculty. For more information on BLOC, go to their website (www.

CCU’s new Honors Program rewards elite students who wish to pursue a biblically-based college degree. Participants receive a full-tuition scholarship and a wide range of unique extra-curricular opportunities. While the Honors Program is open to students enrolled in any major, honors ministry students will receive special mentorship experiences and travel opportunities to develop their professional skills.

CCU Boosters

boostersFounded in 2015, the Cincinnati Christian University Athletic Boosters enhance the performance, achievement, spiritual development, sportsmanship, and the overall athletic experience of the Cincinnati Christian University Student-Athlete through community-based fund raising activities and student-athlete involved community betterment programs. The Boosters work closely with the CCU Athletic Department to determine the needs of its student-athletes and coaches and provide funding for those needs in an equitable manner.


  • Provide funding to support the athletic programs and sports complex facilities
  • Support the athletic, academic and spiritual development of the CCU student-athlete
  • Build a sense of spirit and community on campus
  • Create a source of institutional pride for our alumni
  • Become an active and contributing member of Cincinnati community

Since the 1920’s, Cincinnati Christian University has used intercollegiate athletics as a tool to instill character and leadership skills in students. Ninety years later, as CCU continues to DREAM BIG, we imagine a future where new champions are forged on the field of play.

The Legacy of Champions campaign is a project of the CCU Athletic Boosters that will fund three major projects that will vastly improve the ability of the CCU student-athletes to achieve excellence.

A new multi-sport stadium on campus
Throughout our history, CCU has been forced to rent athletic facilities across the city in order to compete in intercollegiate athletics. This campaign will enable us to construct a 1,500 seat stadium on land that the university already owns on the north side of Lehman Road.

A new athletics center
CCU’s current athletic facilities are overtaxed and insufficient to meet the needs of our growing NAIA program. The Legacy of Champions campaign will permit us to build a 10,000 square foot building, serving as a gateway to the new stadium. The structure will include training facilities, locker rooms, offices, and a state of-the-art weight room.

Expanded CCU Practice Complex
Since 1997, Jean Byars Field has been the home field of the soccer programs. Constructed on top of a landfill, it has been unreliable as the playing surface is uneven from the ground settling far below the surface. Additionally, NAIA regulations demand a larger field, making Byars Field unplayable for collegiate competition. Landfill from the stadium construction will be used to reinforce and expand the area. Field-turf will be installed on the grounds, providing both a top-tier practice and game facility.

The goal for the Legacy of Champions campaign is to raise $5 million. This includes the cost of reconfiguring the land, field turf, lighting, bleachers, and building construction. The Legacy of Champions campaign will raise money from donors across the financial spectrum. The boosters will sell naming rights and corporate sponsorships and all revenue from ticketing, field rental, and concessions will go to fund the projects. Construction is slated to begin in the last months of 2015. The main field is scheduled to be completed by Fall 2016.

For more information, email