The Edmond Sun

October 21, 2013

Rwanda University names O'Neal as chancellor


The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Mike O’Neal, a former president of Oklahoma Christian University, has been named chancellor of the University of Rwanda, the umbrella institution under which all state universities in the country fall.

Rwanda has risen from the ashes under President Paul Kagame, who announced O’Neal’s appointment this week. O’Neal will not get involved in the day-to-day operations of the institution, but will rather be the advocate for its vision and advancement.

“It’s not like what we would think of as a (university) president here,” O’Neal said.

O’Neal said his role will be largely ceremonial, presiding at graduation ceremonies and other events. He only agreed to take the position on the condition that he would be able to help move higher education in Rwanda forward, he said. He will continue to live in Oklahoma.

Under his leadership at Oklahoma Christian, many Rwandan students received support and sponsorships. The university offers a master of business administration program in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital city.