During his tenure as president from 2002 to 2012, Dr. Mike O'Neal implemented his vision for Oklahoma Christian University to be academically excellent and spiritually vibrant and to continue to prepare young people for effective service to God and to their fellow man.
Under O'Neal's leadership - with the support of a talented and dedicated staff and faculty - Oklahoma Christian reduced operating expenses, increased academic support, added 20 faculty, significantly increased the endowment, and set four consecutive undergraduate and graduate enrollment records. The University also launched and completed a comprehensive $34 million student residence building project, remodeled and expanded science lab facilities in Herold Science Hall and Vose Hall, and completed a highly successful $60 million Higher Learning~Higher Calling fundraising campaign. The heart of the campus has been transformed with the development of the beautiful and functional Lawson Commons, Freede Centennial Tower and McGraw Pavilion. (Click here to read more about Dr. O'Neal's successful tenure.)
Before joining Oklahoma Christian, O'Neal served Pepperdine University from 1976 to 2002 as general counsel and vice president for finance and administration and was named vice chancellor in 1991. O'Neal served on the faculty of Harding University from 1974 to 1976. A CPA, he has also worked with the accounting firms of Coopers & Lybrand; Touche, Ross & Co; and Ernst & Ernst. O'Neal attended Oklahoma Christian from 1964 to 1966 before completing his degree in accounting and business at Harding University in 1968. He earned his juris doctorate from Stanford University in 1974.
Since moving back to Oklahoma, O'Neal has served on the Board of the Last Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts and on the Board of Advisers of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the downtown Rotary Club 29 and currently serves on the United Way and Mercy Hospital boards. He is Secretary/Treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities.
O'Neal is a lifelong member of the Church of Christ and has served as an elder, Bible class teacher, song leader, preacher, vocational missionary, ministry leader and building committee chair.
O'Neal and his wife, Nancy, live in Oklahoma City. Their son, Michael, and daughter, Amanda, are OC alumni.