Ottawa University
Office of University Advancement
1001 S. Cedar Street, #16
Ottawa KS 66067-3339
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (866) 324-8788
Mission Statement
Building on its foundation as a Christ-inspired community of grace and open inquiry, Ottawa University prepares professional and liberal arts graduates for lifetimes of personal significance, vocational fulfillment, and service to God and humanity.
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Kevin C. Eichner
Board Chair Mrs. Wynndee Lee
Board Chair Company Affiliation City of Ottawa
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1865
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement Building on its foundation as a Christ-inspired community of grace and open inquiry, Ottawa University prepares professional and liberal arts graduates for lifetimes of personal significance, vocational fulfillment, and service to God and humanity.
Background Statement
The original college, located in Ottawa, Kansas continues to serve as our residential campus. Throughout its 150+ year history, this campus has undergone many changes and additions and through the generosity of civic-minded donors has become the beautiful campus it is today.
In the early 1970s, Ottawa University recognized a growing demand for programs suited to the needs and learning styles of adult students. Ottawa University was one of the pioneers in adult education in the United States, opening its first adult campus in Kansas City in 1974. Since that time, additional campuses focusing on the needs of working adults have been established in Arizona (1977), Wisconsin (1992) and Indiana (2002). Degree-completion programs were also developed internationally beginning in 1986. To find out more about the rich history of Ottawa University, please visit
Impact Statement

Recent Accomplishments include: New mission statement to better reflect the impact of the University as a whole, recognition of excellence for the student newspaper, ‘The Campus’; the oldest continuous student newspaper in Kansas.  The launch and dedication the Angell-Synder School of Business, the Owen Leadership Institue, and the Fredrikson Center for Faith and Church Vitality. 

The introduction of our new  Engineering degree along with new Arts and Sciences and the formulation of a number of new concentrations and majors. The revitalization of the music program and performance groups (we are working towards becoming an 'All-Steinway School' in the next 2 years.) The launch of the Center for Holistic Education in conjunction with the Center for Academic and Professional Services (CAPS) and the Adawe LifePlan Center (ALC). The implementation of the e2campus emergency alert system. The enhancement and ratification of a new academic agreement with the Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma and the completion of the first phase of a capital improvement plan (we have broken ground and are now building a new library and student union complex) that will guide the strategy and priories of the University through the year 2020.
Needs Statement

A gift to Ottawa University can be limited by donor preference or targeted to the area(s) of greatest need. Current funding priorities follow: The Greater Ottawa Fund (annual fund), first-generation student support, scholarships, campus improvements, and programming enhancements and redesign.

Service Categories
Undergraduate Colleges
Adult Education
Graduate & Professional Schools
Areas of Service
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

Serving as Chair of the Ottawa University Board of Trustees is a wonderful honor. It is also an awesome responsibility. Fortunately, prior to becoming the chairperson, I served on the board and was mentored by three superb former chairs: Dr. Stanley Bettin ’61; Ms. Patty Wolf ’85, ’89 AZ; and Mr. Jeff Hull ’88. I am truly grateful for their model leadership. 

At the end of 2011, because of term limits and voluntary retirements, seven very talented and dedicated board members, Beverly Fink ’56, Jeff Hull ’88, Gary Hailes ’80, Rev. Steve Kawiecki, Joel Ma ’88, Dr. Mercile Lee, Anne Mills, Rev. Wayne Paulsen, and Blaine Rush ’49 completed their board service and three became life trustees. In their place, we welcomed seven new or returning trustees who bring their own unique talents to the board. Several of these new trustees previously served on President Eichner’s President’s Council. The Board has had an excellent year because of the enthusiasm and skill set of the new members, coupled with the experience of the returning members. 

In addition to monitoring, encouraging, advising, and assisting Dr. Eichner and his leadership team in the pursuit of Vision 2020, the board has been instrumental in leading by example in supporting the Advance the Vision Capital campaign. The board members have currently donated or pledged $3.5 million to the campaign.

Ottawa University has completed another successful year with an operating surplus and solid enrollments and is in an excellent position to continue to move forward. However, this is both a challenging time and an exciting time for OU. The country’s economic conditions exert tremendous pressure on OU’s recruitment and retention of students. Despite these challenges, we believe that the strength and commitment of our leadership team, trustees, alumni, and friends will allow us to capitalize on available opportunities to continue our progress. 

Thank you for your support during this past year. We will need your continued support, both financially and with personal engagement, so that together we can advance OU to greater growth and create the opportunity for more students to have a “life of significance.”
Description Ottawa University programs focus on developing students' critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills. The undergraduate program at Ottawa University is composed of three parts: core curriculum, the major field of study, and electives, all focusing on the development of the total individual. OU's mission and values are embodied in its core curriculum and consists of required interdisciplinary seminars, a distribution requirement, and an arts and cultural events requirement. Each core curriculum program provides a concentration that assists students in research, organization, the creation of original views, integrate knowledge, and solve problems. Ottawa University is a student-centered institution. Each student is assigned a faculty advisor who serves as a continuing source of council and support. Faculty and staff at Ottawa University are understanding of the individual needs of each student and tailor educational plans for each student that attends OU.
Program Budget $6,000,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served Adults, ,
Short-Term Success Continued success as a provider of a quality, liberal-arts education in the Kansas City community.
Long-Term Success Long term success of the undergraduate program at Ottawa University is focused on the students and faculty that make these programs thrive. Most importantly, our success is in providing a quality, liberal-arts to all students that attend Ottawa University.
Program Success Monitored By Ottawa University monitors progress of its' undergraduate programs through various accreditation processes, graduate placement rates, and retention evaluation.
Examples of Program Success Ottawa University recently received a 10-year accredidation from the Higher Learning Commission of the North-Central Region.
Description For 145 years, Ottawa University has been providing a high quality, liberal arts education. As one of the pioneers in adult education in the United States, OU opened its first adult campus in Kansas City in 1974. Since that time, additional campuses focusing on the needs of working adults have been established in Arizona, Indiana, and Wisconsin, as well as multiple international locations. Today, Ottawa University's Greater Kansas City campus offers bachelor degree majors in more than seven disciplines including business, education, human resources, and psychology. A Master of Business Administration as well as Master of Arts in Human Resources, along wtih many concentration areas, are also available.
Program Budget $8,000,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Postsecondary Education
Population Served Adults, ,
Short-Term Success Continued success as a provider of a quality, liberal-arts education in the Kansas City community.
Long-Term Success Long term success of the Adult and Professional Studies program at Ottawa University is focused on the students and faculty that make these programs thrive. Most importantly, our success is in providing a quality, liberal-arts to all students that attend Ottawa University.
Program Success Monitored By Ottawa University monitors progress of its' undergraduate programs through various accreditation processes, graduate placement rates, and retention evaluation.
Examples of Program Success Ottawa University recently received a 10-year accredidation from the Higher Learning Commission of the North-Central Region.
Description The Greater Ottawa Fund is made up of annual unrestricted gifts to Ottawa University. The Greater Ottawa Fund directly benefits all students at Ottawa University by providing a financial foundation that is needed to provide a “quality, liberal-arts education,” including, student scholarships, new programming, technological advancements, student study abroad opportunities, on-line learning programming, student activities, and facilities at all of our campus locations.
Program Budget $400,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Postsecondary Education
Population Served US& International, ,
Short-Term Success Achieving annual fundraising goals in co ordinance with University-wide strategic planning. This includes reaching our goal of $1.2 million for the annual fund.
Long-Term Success To continue philanthropic giving toward Ottawa University’s Greater Ottawa Fund through annual contributions in support of various University programs that rely on annual giving.
Program Success Monitored By Constituent database allows staff to track donor gifts by appeal, date of appeal, target audience, etc. Reports and statistics from the database are used to evaluate performance and compare to monthly and yearly goals and previous appeals.
Examples of Program Success Last fiscal year Ramon and Glenda Schmidt, both on the Board of Trustees, issued a $250,000 challenge gift to all alumni and friends of the University. Donors were very generous and helped surpass that goal through their new and increased annual gifts.
Description Gifts to Ottawa University’s endowment support a variety of opportunities for students at OU. Most importantly, gifts to the endowment provide long-lasting financial support for the entire University. Around $20 million, OU’s endowment provides the funds necessary for endowed scholarships, research programs, faculty and departmental programs through endowed professorships and chairs, and special programs as approved by the Board of Trustees. Endowment donors often name an endowment in honor or memory of family, friends, or mentors and colleagues.
Program Budget $200,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served US& International, ,
Short-Term Success Short-term successes consist of new and increased endowed funds annually.
Long-Term Success Long term success of the Ottawa University endowment relies on continued giving to and creation of endowed funds that will enhance the quality of education and opportunities provided to students at OU.
Program Success Monitored By Constituent database allows OU Advancement staff to recognize donors and their support of the endowment. Results and statistics from the database are used to evaluate increasing gifts to the endowment.
Examples of Program Success Every year there are new scholarships which become endowed and increase the overall endowment at Ottawa University.

Named in honor of the Reverend Dr. Roger L. Fredrikson and located on the campus in Ottawa, the Fredrikson Center acts as an institute in which theologians, church leaders from multiple denominations, faculty members, pastors and laypeople are invited to come together in dialogue, study, to conduct research, provide and receive consultation, and collaborate to advance the life and vitality of the church.  Out-reach coaching and support services are offered, at no cost, to pastors and churches, throughout the United States. Annual programming is under the direction of University Chaplain, Dr. John Holzhüter, and consists of on site education to ministers and church leadership teams, congregational surveying, specialized course work and pastor's mentoring programs culminate in an annual conference held on the Ottawa campus in March of each year. Additional programming is offered through our non-residential campuses. Programming is non-cost to participants and reliant on grants and donations to ensure that all offerings remain free of charge.

Program Budget $300,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Guidance & Counseling
Population Served US& International, ,
Short-Term Success

It connected 18-29 year old participants in servant leadership and group participation, based on the ‘actions of faith.’ Assessment and individualized life-plans helped increase participant awareness of faith preferences and determine their best church fit. The goal is to broker opportunities to convert strangers into new friends and connect them with local church families.  The opportunities for service, sharing and learning for OU students and members of the communities we support follows:     

  1. Multigenerational and ‘virtual’ teaming. Peer mentors and adult coaches collaborated with participants on event planning/execution and project design/delivery which targeted:  children, the frail, the elderly, those providing home-support to loved ones, emergencies and local service agencies.
  2. Weekly volunteer trainings, activities and ‘incidental service’ opportunities. Trainings are offered (45 minutes in duration for 3 consecutive Sunday afternoons) in the following areas:  Servant Leadership, Basic Sign Language, Basic First Aid, Women’s Self Defense, Tai Chi, Triage for Your Car, Herbs of the Bible and a variety of arts and crafts offerings.
  3. Convocations and seminars, with dynamic speakers (both live and pre-recorded). Convocations offered; free, open to the public and video-streamed. Topics focus on making a difference and the power of active and tangible faith.  
Long-Term Success

Church health and vitality nationwide is supported by programming which concentrates on the training, development and resource needs of current pastors and is offered at no-cost to individuals or their churches; including meals, materials (and lodging, if requested.)

It includes an initial phase of 10 to 12 month program of leadership skills, business education, faith-based psychology and individualized mentoring for current pastors. It consists of two-day (on campus) training sessions each quarter and church-site mentoring and self-discovery activities in the intervening months.

On-site consultation and interaction at the pastor’s home-church can include congregational training opportunities and/or work with local church leaders. Future consulting continues are church or pastor’s needs warrant.

Program Success Monitored By Ongoing surveys, publications and constituent feedback; under the direction of the University Chaplain and the oversight of the University President.
Examples of Program Success In the KC metro and surrounding area, we have facilitated training, delivered over 200 assessments, worked with leadership teams and pastors as consultants and offered congregational training for a diverse range of denominations (80%  were Methodist or American Baptist.) Trainings were also offered throughout KS and in NE and SD. We also partnered with Central Theological Seminary and a team of pastors to bring the 'Academy of Young Preachers' competition to Overland Park in June 2015. 
CEO Comments
Ottawa University's undergraduate and Adult and Professional Studies programs have challenges in strengthening enrollment numbers.  The current administration are creating ways to increase enrollment at all campus locations and in all areas by increasing student scholarships, enhancing the University's core liberal arts programs, building on the development of several academic areas of excellence, strengthening student activity programs, and creating a dynamic student development center to deliver a powerful and comprehensive growth experience for all students.
In support of these initiatives, the Greater Ottawa Fund has an increased goal of $1.441 million.  This is also creates a challenge in finding new donors and greater donations for the University.  There are also successes so far this fiscal year both in the number of donors and in the amount donated to the Greater Ottawa Fund.  Currently, Ottawa University's endowment is around $20 million.  In coordination with our Vision 2020 plan, by the year 2020, the endowment is planned to be at $100 million.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Dr. Kevin C. Eichner
Term Start July 2008
Kevin C. Eichner was named as the 21st president of Ottawa University in March of 2008.  Eichner is a 1973 graduate of Ottawa University and has been a member of the OU Board of Trustees since 1982.
Prior to his appointment to lead Ottawa University, Eichner served as president, CEO and vice chairman of Enterprise Financial Services Corporation, the parent company of Enterprise Bank and Trust, a $3.7 billion banking wealth management company headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, and with operations in Greater Kansas City and Phoenix, Arizona.  A co-founder of Enterprise, Eichner has served as its CEO for six years and oversaw its emergence as a NASDAQ-traded company recognized for its high growth and performance in the financial services industry.
Prior to his work at Enterprise, Eichner served as executive vice president and CEO of General American/Metlife for five years. In 1983, he founded a successful consulting company, Collaborative Strategies, Inc., which provided consultation to a large number of management and strategic for-profit and not-for-profit organizations during his 14 year tenure prior to its acquisition by General American in 1997.
Eichner is a 1973 graduate of Ottawa University with a BA in social change.  He went on to earn an MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1977.  Firmly committed to lifelong learning, Eichner designed and launched Enterprise University for Enterprise Bank and Trust, which has enrolled over 3,000 executives and non-profit leaders in workshops aimed at enhancing their knowledge and skill sets.  He taught workshops on numerous business and organizational topics over the past 25 years and is known as an accomplished strategic planning facilitator.
President Eichner brings great leadership and a vision to Ottawa University which will guide it through the year 2020.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
Dr. Fred Snow July 2006 - June 2007
Dr. Fred Zook July 2007 - June 2008
Senior Staff
Title Vice President and Provost of the College
Title Vice President and Provost for APS
Paid Full-Time Staff 170
Paid Part-Time Staff 47
Volunteers 352
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 62%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Quarterly
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
St. Mary’s Food Bank, Phoenix, AZ, Grand Canyon State Games, George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, Noah’s Ark (children’s needs), Toys for Tots, Jeffersonville, IN Jefferson High School, United Way (Franklin County), Franklin County Daycare, Ottawa School District, Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, Kansas City Professional Development Council, Greater KC Chamber of Commerce, Olathe Chamber of Commerce, Lee's Summit Chamber of Commerce, Overland Park Chamber of Commerce, the East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging (counties of: Anderson, Coffey, Franklin, Linn, Miami and Osage), The Winter Center for Restorative Justice (counties of: Franklin, Johnson, Douglas, Jackson and Miami). 
External Assessment and Accreditations
Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools - 10 Year Accreditation2004
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments Ottawa University values its employees and provides the resources necessary for them to be successful in their careers.  Employees are credited with the success of the University and are excited about the challenges that face them in the future.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Wynndee Lee
Company Affiliation City of Ottawa
Term July 2015 to June 2018
Board Members
Mr. Eldon H. Addy Wichita Chamber of Commerce
Mrs. Carol J. Allen Community Volunteer
Dr. Stanley Bettin DDSDentist
Dr. Stanley L. Bettin Dentist in Lyons, Ks
Mr. Kenneth Braun (Retired) Banker
Dr. Roy W. Browning Jr.Retired Edu Administrator/US Air Force Chaplain
Ms. Kristy Cannon Stallings City of Overland Park (Ks)
Mr. John Coen Ottawa Chamber of Commerce
Chief Ethel Cook Cheif of the Ottawa Indian Tribe of OK.
Mr. S. Lucky DeFries Coffman, DeFries, and Nothern
Mr. Wayne Duderstadt Sr. V.P. or Peoples National Bank
Mrs. Karla Dye Community Volunteer
Dr. Roger L. Fredrikson Pastor Ameritus/First Baptist Church
Mr. Robert H. Froning Amoco Production Company
Mr. Leland C. Gangwish Gangwish Seed Farms, Inc.
Rev. Dr. David M. Greenhaw President, Eden Theological Seminary
Mr. Joseph Greenhaw Executive V.P, Cohen Financial
Mr. David J. Grummon David Grummon, PA
Mr. Steve Hasty President, Hasty Awards.
Mr. Michael Hetrick (Retired) ARAMARK
Mr. Robert S. Hill Kansas State Bank
Dr. Edward Hoskins Jr.GateWay Community College
Mr. Richard Jackson ECKAN, Inc.
Mrs. Jeanne Krug Seaboard Corporation
Dr. Mercile J. Lee University of Wisconsin- Madison
Ms. Wynndee S. Lee City of Ottawa
Mr. Richard Maack Retired Educator
Ms. Kathleen Madden Clerk, Circuit Court, Waukesha Co, WI
Ms. Dorothy Matthew Bethel College
Mrs. Anne Jones Mills Retired
Mr. James J. O'Dell Valley Bank and Trust
Mr. Wayne Paulsen ABC of Ohio
Mr. Barry Pelton President of Pelton Painting
Mr. Henry H. Scherich Measurement Incorporated
Mr. Earl F. Schlick not specified
Dr. Earl Schlick Retired School Administrator
Dr. Ramon Schmidt Mowrey Clinic
Mrs. Diane Sexton Charter Wire
Mr. Ross L. Talbott Talbott Enterprises, Inc.
Mr. Danny Trent Attorney
Mr. Gary L. Wall Carson-Wall Funeral Home
Rev. Dr. John Williams Executive Minister, ABCCR
Dr. Marvin H. Wilson Physician and Surgeon
Dr. Janice R. Wissman Kansas State University
Mrs. Pamela Woodward Retired
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 40
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 2
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 32
Female 13
Unspecified 0
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 3
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Board Development / Board Orientation
Board Governance
Capital Campaign
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Housing and Community Development
Human Resources / Personnel
Human Resources / Personnel & Finance & Marketing & Nominating & By-laws
Program / Program Planning
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Advisory Board Members
Mrs. Adrienne Allen Executive Director Salina Symphony
Ms. Jillinda Wallace Ansell Human Resources Collective Brands, Inc.
Ms. Kelly Bethell-Smith Community Volunteer
Ms. Grace Black Instructor, Ottawa University
Mr. Lyle Butler President/CEO, Manhattan Area Chamber Commerce
Ms. Cathy Hermann Duderstadt Mid-America Nutrition (Meals on Wheels)
Mr. Tom Edwards Ottawa University
Ms. Jean Galloway Ottawa University
Mr. Kyle Gardner Associate Pastor, Prairie Baptist Church
Mr. Gary Hailes Vice President/General Sales Manager for 810WHB
Ms. Jan Sidebottom Lee Ottawa University
Mr. Dick Maack Retired Educator
Mr. Mark MacNider CMIC
Dr. Scott Maid Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
Ms. Sandra Marlatte Resource Family Worker, TFI Family Services
Ms. Amy Gress McClaren Payless Shoe Source
Rev. James McCrossen Retired Pastor
Ms. Rebecca Nevergold Executive Director of Communities In Schools of Ottawa, Inc.
Mr. Kelly Parker Customer Service Manager, Health MEDX Inc.
Mr. Harold Popp Professor of Music, Wichita State University
Mr. Travis Prosser Banker, Sunflower Bank
Mr. Carl Riggs Retired Educator
Ms. LaDeana Roberson Community Volunteer
Mr. Douglas Tyrrell Retired Educator
Ms. Lisa Ward University of Kansas Hospital
Ms. Lisa Farrar Wellman Community Volunteer
Ms. Susie Wolf Enturia, Inc.
CEO Comments Ottawa University's Board of Trustees have a long history of and continue to provide leadership and financial support for the University.  The Board is comprised of both College and Adult and Professional Studies alumni and friends.
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $37,823,714
Projected Expenses $38,381,729
Endowment Value $14,349,512
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2016, 2015: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • FYE 6/30/2014: Financial data reported using the organization's audited financial statements.  
  • Foundations/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions----$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$227,803$584,734$1,589,387
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$36,542,267$37,574,038$22,496,289
Administration Expense$7,654,982$9,508,723$16,565,828
Fundraising Expense$825,047$759,005$924,611
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.960.931.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses81%79%56%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue27%22%16%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$62,499,879$60,379,010$56,741,834
Current Assets$5,280,620$4,872,686$5,099,066
Long-Term Liabilities$25,741,683$17,107,843$20,388,377
Current Liabilities$19,868,226$24,560,148$12,776,963
Total Net Assets$16,889,970$18,711,019$23,576,494
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.270.200.40
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets41%28%36%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Individual Donor $1,276,449
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Individual Donor $765,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Individual Donor $333,333
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments

Ottawa University finds itself at a defining moment in its history. Having prospered for 150 years on the faithful work and solid foundation of our predecessors, OU currently exists in a global environment that is changing at a pace unprecedented since its founding. As a result, we face constant challenges in meeting the accelerated needs of today’s students in a challenging economic climate.

Our purpose, however, remains constant. Ottawa University aims to produce nationally-recognized graduates who are well prepared, broadly educated, and whose critical thinking is guided by a strong moral compass. As a result, they lead lives of great impact in their families, their careers, their communities, and throughout the world.

Recognizing the significance of the need and committed to the mission of offering OU’s unique brand of transformational education to an increasing student population, the Ottawa University Board of Trustees has already stepped up to triple its giving between 2008 and 2010 and to achieve 100 percent participation with gifts of more than $4 million. We are now asking you to join us in preserving and furthering the footprint that this institution makes on the world by supporting Advancing the Vision: A Campaign for Ottawa University

This campaign is ambitious, as it should be. The $24.3 million we seek is essential to helping us achieve many of the goals set forth for Ottawa University in the Vision 2020 strategic plan adopted in 2008. With a clear roadmap for expanding and enhancing the University in critical ways, you can give with confidence, knowing that your dollars are going to the specific areas of your choice. Through forward thinking, action today and continued momentum into the future, Ottawa University will operate on sure footing as a relevant, distinctive university of the highest caliber—one that flourishes in a world that demonstrates every day that it needs more of what we do here. Your support is vital to sustaining and enhancing Ottawa University’s mission and outreach.

Please join us as we Advance the Vision of Ottawa University.  

In the Ottawa spirit, 

Karla Dye ’79

Member, Board of Trustees

Chair, Advancing the Vision Campaign

Organization Name Ottawa University
Address Office of University Advancement
1001 S. Cedar Street, #16
Ottawa, KS 660673339
Primary Phone (866) 324-8788
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Kevin C. Eichner
Board Chair Mrs. Wynndee Lee
Board Chair Company Affiliation City of Ottawa
Year of Incorporation 1865