Oklahoma City University President Robert Henry announced that John R. Hillis has been named vice president
for university advancement and external relations.
Hillis served most recently in the position of assistant vice president for development programs at the Kansas University Endowment Association. Prior to that he held a number of development positions with the University of Oklahoma including assistant executive director of development for the Health Sciences Center.
President Robert Henry said “John Hillis understands the mission of Oklahoma City University and has a proven track record in the arena of university advancement. He is an asset to this university and his priority will be to build an advancement team and secure funds to be used for scholarships, and to help grow the OCU endowment so that students wishing to attend Oklahoma City University will be affected as little as possible by issues related to money and can focus instead on what students are ideally supposed to focus on: learning.”
“I am honored to join President Robert Henry's team at Oklahoma City
University,” said Hillis. “OCU enjoys a wonderful heritage with the United Methodist Church, is an outstanding liberal arts institution and is a tremendous asset to our city and state. I look forward to serving the students of this wonderful institution by working with donors, alumni, and friends to enhance OCU's academic mission. ”
Hillis attended the University of Oklahoma and Texas Christian University. He has been involved with a variety of community organizations including the Norman Public Schools Foundation (as president and board member), the American Cancer Society, the Oklahoma Planned Giving Council and the board of the McFarlin Methodist Foundation.