On Thursday September 25th, Ken Tracy “stood on the shoulders of giants” as he was inducted as CCU’s eighth president. Joined by hundreds of family, students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends, as well as by hundreds viewing the web simulcast online, President Tracy detailed what the university means to him, as well as his plans to lead it toward a brighter tomorrow.
“Our past is great,” he stated. “Our future, for the sake of the world, must be even greater.”
Noting that he graduated in 1988 from what was then known as Cincinnati Bible College, President Tracy emphasized the school’s name change to Cincinnati Christian University in 2004 to describe his vision for the institution’s future. His expectations for institutional success begin with the city of CINCINNATI. “We must realize that God has called us to love the city of Cincinnati,” said President Tracy. “The better this University is, the better Cincinnati is.”
President Tracy then focused on what he believes to be the most important component of the school’s name: CHRISTIAN. He criticized the false assumption that a Christian school is only successful if they train church leaders. Serving as a Christian institution of higher education demands, “a commitment to develop, love, nurture, challenge and disciple the students we have now.”
He revealed the academic strategic plan designed to attract new students and ensure the school’s effectiveness as a dynamic UNIVERSITY. This included plans for a new degree in Public Theology, focusing on the intersection of faith and culture, as well as launching a new Honors program to attract the brightest students from around the United States. President Tracy also announced a vision to develop programs in Science Education, Math Education, Special Education, I.T. Management, Entrepreneurship and Communication Arts.
As the conclusion of his remarks, President Tracy announced the launch of a three-month long initiative called Dream Big CCU, challenging all attendees and CCU constituents to live up to the name of Cincinnati Christian University and “dream big” together.⊕
Contributions by Sydney Mason, CCU Student